Keith Brower Brown

I am currently a UC Berkeley Labor Center affiliate researcher, and Labor-Climate Organizer with Labor Notes.

My dissertation researched the politics of climate crisis, Latinx movements, and construction labor in California's San Joaquin Valley. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the journal Human Geography, a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women & Sexuality, the Latinx & The Environment Intiative, and the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study. For my doctoral work, I studied principally with Professors Sharad Chari, Nathan Sayre, and Leslie Salzinger (in Gender & Women's Studies). 

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


2010, B.S., Environmental Economics & Policy (with Honors), University of California, Berkeley

2010, B.A., Geography (with Distinction), University of California, Berkeley

2020, M.A., Geography, University of California, Berkeley

2023, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


Brown, Keith Brower, Samuel Norman, Cyndee Ott, and Allysunn Williams. "Women's Equity Study: MC3 Apprenticeship Readiness Program." Fresno Workforce Development Board, March 2023. (Link)

Brown, Keith Brower. “The Poverty of Power in the US Green Keynesian Turn.” Opinion. Human Geography, January 2022. (Journal link or open access)

Brown, Keith Brower. "Filling the Good Jobs Gap: Fresno's Opportunity for a Citywide Project Labor Agreement." UC Merced Community and Labor Center, January 2021. (Link)

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

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)


Lecturer, Geography 138 (Global Environmental Politics), UC Berkeley, Summer 2022

Teaching Assistant, Geography 40 (Earth System Science), UC Berkeley, Spring 2022

Lecturer, Geography N4 (World Peoples & Cultural Environments), UC Berkeley, Summer 2021

Research Mentor, Latinxs & The Environment Initiative, UC Berkeley, 2020 - 2021

Lecturer, Geography N4 (World Peoples & Cultural Environments), UC Berkeley, Summer 2020

Guest Lecturer, Geography 19 (Climate Change), Laney College, Spring 2020

Guest Lecturer, Letters & Science 70B (Global Warming), UC Berkeley, Fall 2018

Keith Brower Brown


The politics of climate crisis, care and construction labor, focusing on California and Brazil. Social reproduction, hegemony, racial capitalism, and political ecology

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