Keith Brower Brown



I study the politics of climate crisis and labor movements in central California and northeastern Brazil, with a focus on construction and care-workers. Theories of social reproduction, racial capitalism, ecological labor, and hegemony are the core of my approach. My research is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study.

For my doctoral work, I study principally with Professors Sharad Chari, Nathan Sayre, Jake Kosek, and Leslie Salzinger. My earlier spell at Berkeley was dedicated to training in Gillian Hart's internationalist critical geography, Dick Norgaard's ecological economics, and a turn through Kurt Cuffey's geomorphology. Any students considering the department: please feel free to reach out.

Before starting my doctoral research, I founded and directed the climate change communication non-profit Float Map, worked at Navigant as an energy economics and policy consultant for public agencies and utilities, carried out ethnographic fieldwork on rural movements against wind power in northeastern Brazil, and toured as a working musician in pop and ambient groups.

Selected Publications

Brown, Keith Brower. “Samuel Stein, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State.” Book review. Antipode, September 2019. (Link)

Bomfim, Sãmia, and Fernanda Melchionna. “Our First Role Is to Organize: Brazilian Socialist Feminist Legislators & the State". Interview by Keith B. Brown. Jacobin, August 15, 2019. (Link)

Karner, Alex, Keith Brower Brown, Richard Marcantonio, and Louis G. Alcorn. "The View From the Top of Arnstein’s Ladder: Participatory Budgeting and the Promise of Community Control." Journal of the American Planning Association 85, no. 3 (July 3, 2019): 236–54. (Link)

Brown, Keith Brower. “Fulcrum, Fallow: On Tempelhofer Feld.” New Geographies, no. 10 (2019).

LaMontagne, Collette, Keith Brower Brown, and Eric Fitz. “Advanced Wayside Energy Storage Systems for Rail Transit”. Transportation Research Board IDEA Report 66. Washington, DC: National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine, April 2013.

Brown, Keith Brower. “Wind Power in Northeastern Brazil: Local Burdens, Regional Benefits and Growing Opposition”. Climate and Development 3, no. 4 (October 1, 2011): 344–60. (Link)