Matthew T. Huber
Associate Professor, Geography
Director of Graduate Studies, Geography
Ph.D., Clark University, 2009
Political economy, historical geography, energy and capitalism, climate politics, resource governance and social theory
Antagonism: Class Strategy for a Warming Planet (In progress and under contract from Verso Books).
2013. Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital
(Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press).
- Blogging intermittently on medium.com.
- “Climate change is class struggle” Review of Naomi Klein’s On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, for Jacobin, 19 December 2019
- “Bernie is the best chance we have on climate” Jacobin, 22
- “Ecosocialism: Dystopian and Scientific” Socialist Forum (Winter
2019 issue on Climate Change)
- “A Class Struggle Strategy for A Green New Deal” (with Jeremy Gong, Keith Brower Brown and Jamie Munro)
Socialist Forum (Winter 2019
issue on Climate Change)
- “Climate and contradiction in Marx’s theory of history” Marxist
Sociology Blog 6 February 2019.
- “Building a “Green New Deal”: Lessons from the Original
New Deal” Verso Books Blog, 19 November 2018.
- “5 Principles of Socialist Climate Politics” The Trouble,
16 August 2018.
- “A Climate policy for the people” American
Prospect 16 November 2017.
- “Whose carbon footprint matters?” Toxic News,
August 7th, 2017
- “Syracuse University professor condemns Koch foundation
investment” December 4th, 2016 The Daily Orange
- “The carbon tax is doomed” Jacobin (online),
October 9th, 2016
- “Elon Musk saves the world?” Jacobin (online)
May 12th, 2015
- “Too much oil” Jacobin
(online) March 22nd, 2015
- “Syracuse University adjunct faculty call for better
pay, working conditions (Commentary)” Syracuse.Com/The Post-Standard,
February 24th, 2015
Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
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).
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
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 Association of American
Geographers 107(1): 151-166
2017. “Value, nature and labor: A defense of Marx” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 28(1):
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,
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,
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 Association of American 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
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
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):
2008. A risky business: Mining, rent and the
neoliberalization of “risk.” Geoforum 39 (3): 1393-1407 (with Jody
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
Research Grants and Awards
Science Foundation, Geography and Spatial Sciences, $192,777.00 “The
Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry: Integrating Industrial Ecology and Political
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,