Matthew T. Huber

Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment

Matthew Huber

Contact Information

522 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3845

Director of Graduate Studies, Geography


Ph.D., Clark University, 2009


Political economy, historical geography, energy and capitalism, climate politics, resource governance and social theory



Climate Change as Class War: Building Socialism on a Warming Planet (Under contract from Verso Books – out in 2022).

2013. Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press).

Public Writing:

Blogging intermittently on

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters: 

Forthcoming. “The Social Production of Resources: A Marxist Approach” In, The Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography Matthew Himley, Gabriela Valdivia and Elizabeth Havice (eds)

2021. Still no shortcuts for climate change. Catalyst 4(4): 124-149.

2020. Ecology at the point of production: climate change and class struggle. Polygraph 28: 23-43 (invited contribution for special issue on Marxism and Climate Change).

2020. “Electric Communism: The Continued Importance of Energy to Revolution” In, Lenin 150 (Cantley, Canda: Daraja Press), 225-237

2019. Ecological politics for the working class. Catalyst 3(1): 7-45 (online here).

2019. Radical paradoxes: The making of Antipode at Clark University. In, Trevor Barnes and Eric Sheppard, Spatial Histories of Radical Geography: North America and Beyond (London: Wiley), 87-113 (with Chris Knudson and Renee Tapp).

2019. “Energized Antagonisms: Thinking Beyond ‘Energy Culture’” In, Imre Szeman and Jeff Diamanti (eds), Energy Culture: Art and Theory on Oil and Beyond (Morgantown: WVU Press), 233-245.

2019. Resource geography II: What makes resources political? Progress in Human Geography 43(3): 553-564

2018. Resource geography I: Valuing nature (or not) Progress in Human Geography 42(1): 148-159

2018. “Fossilized liberation: Energy, freedom, and the ‘development of the productive forces’” In, Materialism and the Critique of Energy, Brent Ryan Bellamy and Jeff Diamanti (editors). Chicago: MCM’ Press, 501-524.

2018. “Geography” for The Bloomsbury Companion to Marx, Andrew Pendakis, Imre Szeman, Jeff Diamanti (eds).

2017. Reinvigorating Class in Political Ecology: Nitrogen capital and the means of degradation. Geoforum 85: 345-352 (special issue on “Political Industrial Ecology”)

2017. “Hidden abodes: Industrializing political ecology” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 107(1): 151-166

2017. “Value, nature and labor: A defense of Marx” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 28(1): 39-52

2017. “We can’t be dependent on anybody”: The rhetoric of “energy independence” and the legitimation of fracking in Pennsylvania. Extractive Industries and Society 4(2): 337-343(with Carlo Sica)

2017 Beyond the subterranean energy regime? Fuel, land-use, and the production of space Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (with James McCarthy) 42(4): 655-668

2017. “Chemical dialectics” in “Chemical Geographies” (special compendium essay with Adam Romero, Julie Guthman, Ryan Galt, Becky Mansfield, and Suzana Sawyer) Geohumanities 3(1): 165-166; 158-177

2017. “Petro-capitalism”, Wiley-AAG International Encyclopedia of Geography, edited by Doug Richardson, et al.

2017. “Political Economy of Environment and Resources” Wiley-AAGInternational Encyclopedia of Geography, edited by Doug Richardson, et al.

2016. “Teaching Energy Geography? It’s complicated” Journal of Geography and Higher Education, 40(1): 77-83; Special Issue on Teaching Energy Geography.

2016. “Neoliberal energies: Crisis, governance and hegemony” In, The Handbook of Neoliberalism Simon Springer, Kean Birch, and Julie MacLeavy (eds). London: Routledge, 479-488.

2015. “Theorizing energy geographies” Geography Compass 9(6): 27-38.

2015. Author response, “Lifeblood Book Forum” Cultural Geographies 22 (4): 750-754.

2015. “Energy and Social Power: From Political Ecology to the Ecology of Politics” In, The Routledge Handbook of Political Ecology, edited by Tom Perreault, James McCarthy, and Gavin Bridge (London: Routledge), 481-492.

2015. “Oil for Life: The Bureau of Mines and the Biopolitics of the Petroleum Market,” Subterranean Estates: Lifeworlds of Oil and Gas, edited by Hannah Appel, Arthur Mason, and Michael Watts (Ithaca: Cornell University Press), 31-44.

2013. Fueling Capitalism: Oil, the regulation approach, and the ecology of capital. Economic Geography 89(2): 171-194.

2013. Apocalypse, the radical left and the post-political condition. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism (with Mazen Labban and David Correia)

2013. The urban imaginary of nature: Cities in environmental politics, Urban Politics: Critical Approaches, edtied by Deborah Martin and Mark Davidson (Sage), 204-220.

2012. Refined politics: Petroleum products, neoliberalism, and the ecology of entrepreneurial life. Journal of American Studies 46 (2): 295-312 (special issue on “oil cultures”)

2012. Energy, environment and the geopolitical imagination. Political Geography 31 (6): 402-403 (invited review essay)

2011. Enforcing scarcity: Oil, violence and the making of the market. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 101 (4): 816-826 (special issue on energy).

2011. Intervention: Gusher in the Gulf and the despotism of capital. Antipode 43(2): 195-198 (editorial on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill).

2011. Oil, life and the fetishism of geopolitics. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism.22(3): 32-48.

2011. Extracting sovereignty: Capital, territory, and gold mining in Tanzania. Political Geography 30(2): 70-79 (with Jody Emel and Madoshi Makene).

2011. The richest hole on earth? Labor, nature and the politics of metabolism at the Bingham Canyon copper mine. In Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects, S.D. Brunn, A. Wood (eds.), 353-366 (with Jody Emel). 

2010. Circuits of capital. In B. Warf (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Geography, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 

2010. Human ecology and energy. In B. Warf (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Geography, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2010.  Hyphenated geographies: The deindustrialization of nature-society geography. Geographical Review 100 (1): 74-89. 

2009. The use of gasoline: Value, oil, and the “American way of life.” Antipode 41 (3): 465-486.  

2009. Energizing historical materialism: Fossil fuels, space and the capitalist mode of production. Geoforum 40(1): 105-115. 

2009. Fixed minerals, scalar politics: The weight of scale in conflicts over ‘the 1872 Mining Act’ in the United States. Environment and Planning A 41 (2): 371-88 (with Jody Emel). 

2008. From lifeblood to addiction: Oil, space, and the wage-relation in petro-capitalist USA. Human Geography 1(2): 42-45. 

2008. A risky business: Mining, rent and the neoliberalization of “risk.” Geoforum 39 (3): 1393-1407 (with Jody Emel). 

2007. The urbanization of an idea: Imagining nature through urban growth boundary policy in Portland, OR, USA. Urban Geography 28(8): 705-731 (with Timothy Currie). 

2007. Global environmental standards for industry. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 32: 295-316 (with David Angel and Trina Hamilton).

Research Grants and Awards

2014. National Science Foundation, Geography and Spatial Sciences, $192,777.00
“The Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry: Integrating Industrial Ecology and Political Ecology Approaches”

2014. James Blaut Award in recognition of innovative scholarship in cultural and political ecology, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, Fl,

2014. The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research, (junior faculty) Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse, NY