Kai Bosworth

Kai Bosworth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

(804) 827-1111

Lafayette Hall, 312 N. Shafer St., room 313

Curriculum vitae

International Studies


  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Minnesota
  • M.A. Geography, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. Environmental Studies, Macalester College

Research Interests

Bosworth is the author of "Pipeline Populism: Affective Infrastructures of Grassroots Environmentalism in the 21st Century," which examines the possibilities and limitations of pipeline opposition movements in the central United States in grounding the popular politics of climate justice.

His ongoing research examines how environmental “protectors of the subsurface” intertwine data collection and environmental imaginaries in contesting the effects of oil and gas on underground spaces like aquifers and caves, thus inventing new cultures of conservation practice.

Select Publications

  • Bosworth, Kai. 2022. Pipeline Populism: Grassroots Environmentalism in the 21st Century. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Bosworth, Kai. 2022 (online first). “What is ‘affective infrastructure’?” Dialogues in Human Geographyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/20438206221107025
  • Kai Bosworth, and Charmaine Chua. 2021 (online first). “The Countersovereignty of Critical Infrastructure Security: Settler-state Anxiety versus the Pipeline Blockade” Antipodehttps://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12794
  • Bosworth, Kai. 2022. “The Bad Environmentalism of ‘Nature Is Healing’ Memes.” cultural geographies. 29(3): 353-74.
  • Bosworth, Kai. 2020. “The People’s Climate March: Environmental Populism as Political Genre.” Political Geography (83): 1-12.
  • Bosworth, Kai. 2017. “Thinking Permeable Matter through Feminist Geophilosophy: Environmental Knowledge Controversy and the Materiality of Hydrogeologic Processes.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 35 (1): 21–37.