Julius McGee

Assistant Professor

Tue: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Julius Alexander McGee (PhD) is an assistant professor at Portland State University in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, and Black Studies. His scholarship focuses on the relationship between social inequality and climate change. He has also published on topics related to organic farming, renewable energy, global urban development, and transportation. His most recent work explores how mass incarceration contributes to climate change.

Julius has been an active critic of climate mitigation strategies that do not consider the complex reality of social inequality. Since earning his PhD in 2016 at the University of Oregon, Julius has outlined the ways in which organic agriculture contributes to climate change, illustrated how renewable energy consumption expands social inequality, and advocated for a more robust understanding of how energy systems perpetuate racism.

More recently, Julius has embarked on a book project that explores the connection between anti-Black racism and the climate crisis.


McGee Julius and Patrick Trent Greiner. 2020. “Racial Justice is Climate Justice: Racial Capitalism and the Fossil Economy” Hampton Institute https://www.hamptonthink.org/read/racial-justice-is-climate-justice-racial-capitalism-and-the-fossil-economy

McGee Julius and Patrick Trent Greiner. 2020. “How Long can Neoliberalism Withstand Climate Crisis? Monthly Review https://monthlyreview.org/2020/04/01/how-long-can-neoliberalism-withstand-climate-crisis/

McGee, Julius Alexander and Patrick Trent Greiner. 2019. “Renewable Energy Injustice: The Socio-environmental Implications of Renewable Energy Consumption.” Energy Research and Social Science (56) 101214 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214629618310971

On capitalist power, energy markets and climate crisis at the end of neoliberalism. This is Hell: Interview with Julius Alexander McGee and Patrick Trent Greiner https://thisishell.com/interviews/1177-patrick-trent-greiner-julius-alexander-mcgee

  • PhD
    University of Oregon