Christian Espinosa Schatz

Advisor: Michael Dove


MPhil Geographical Research University of Cambridge 2019
B.A. Environmental Science and Public Policy Harvard University 2018



I am a doctoral student in Yale's combined degree in Anthropology and Forestry & Environmental Studies. My research engages climate change as an issue of knowledge, power, and justice. Humans have long used climate to mediate moral relationships across difference: society and god, empire and colony, human and nonhuman. Through the idea of climate, weather becomes imbued with spiritual, ethical, economic, ecological, and, most recently, global meaning. But the mediator has become an agent of our own making: by our accidental cultivation of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases climate now actively transforms not only the physical world, but human institutions, politics, and imagination.

My doctoral research takes such a holistic view of climate change through working with agrarian communities in Central America who are responding to the effects of changing climates as instantiated by droughts, rainfall variability, crop failure, ecological degradation, NGO sustainable development programs, international aid packages, national governance, and infrastrutures of migration to the U.S. Utilizing ethnographic and geographic methods, I work towards a constructive and integrative vision of climate change along the axes of vulnerability and resiliency, situated and migrated, local and international, knowledge and normativity, marginality and objectivity.

Christian is a proud first generation college student from Southern California.