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  Emily Murai

Emily Murai




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Social Sciences Division

Environmental Studies Department





Nat Sci 2 Main Building

Not teaching fall 2023

Environmental Studies

Academic appointments:

Lecturer, Environmental Studies, UCSC, 2016-present

Lecturer, College Nine, UCSC, 2009-2023

Continuing Lecturer, Writing Program, UCSC, 2015-2019

Lecturer, Writing Program, UCSC, 2011-2015


Ph.D, Geography, University of Minnesota
M.A., Cultural Sociology, New School for Social Research
B.A., Psychology and American Studies, University of California Santa Cruz

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Environmentalism and Higher Education

Critical Approaches to Environmentalism (Decolonial, Feminist, Critical Race, Environmental Justice, Political Ecological, Science and Technology Studies Environmentalisms)

Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID)

First-Year Writing (FYW) and First-Year Student/Academic Success

Innovative, Student-Centered, Culturally Relevent Pedagogies

Writing Enriched Curriculum (WEC)

Curriculum Design, Management and Assessment

Undergraduate students co-advised: 

Serena Campbell (SOCY/CRES '23), Building Belonging project, “Identifying Critical Environmental Work and Needs on Campus” and senior thesis, “’The University Needs to Listen’: Moving from mainstream to critical environmentalism at UCSC” -- Recipient of the Sociology of Race, Class and Gender Senior Thesis Award, Rachel Carson College’s Paul Niebanck Founder’s Prize and Social Science Dean’s Undergraduate Award


Kimberly Dare (ENVS '21), Building Belonging project, “Building Environmental Belonging: Racial Diversity and Inclusion among Undergraduates at UCSC” and senior thesis, “Propelling UCSC Undergraduates of Color in Environmental Studies through Mentorship” -- Winner of the 2022 AAG Gail Hobbes Undergraduate Student Paper Competition, recipient of Social Science Dean’s and Chancellor’s Undergraduate Award and funds from the College Nine Student Funds




Diversity Chair, Environmental Rhetoric and Advocacy Special Interest Group, CCCC, Fall 2022-present

College Nine Core Course Coordinator, 2021-22

Diversity Committee, Environmental Studies, 2021-22

Grievance Steward, UC-AFT, 2020-22

College Nine/Ten Writing Program Liaison, 2018-19

Chair's Leadership Committee, Writing Program, 2018-19

Personnel Committee, Writing Program, 2017-2018 

Lu, Flora and Emily Murai (Eds). (2023). Critical Campus Sustainabilities: Bridging Social Justice and the Environment in Higher Education. Springer Nature. 

ENVS 100/L - Ecology and Society
ENVS 159 - Environmental Justice Literature
ENVS 173 - Global Environmental History
College Nine College 1/1A - Global and International Affairs
Writing 1 & 2 - Rhetoric and Inquiry
Stevenson, Porter & Kresge 26 - Navigating the Research University

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