B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Physics, and B.A. English—University of Georgia 2002
M.A. English—University of Saskatchewan 2007
Ph.D. Geography—University of Georgia 2016
Richard Milligan draws from political ecology and environmental justice scholarship, studying the intersections of race and environment.After studying Math, Physics, and English as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, he worked for several years as an ecological technician researching avian species and associated plant communities. He then completed a Master’s thesis at the University of Saskatchewan examining the role of 18th-century natural history and travel writing in the colonization of North America.Milligan’s training in the PhD program at the University of Georgia included much opportunity to work with and learn from urban studies scholars, particularly Nik Heynen and Seth Gustafson, urban political ecologists, as well as Steven Holloway, an urban geographer with a focus on race and housing. In 2016, Milligan published a collaboration on climate- and immigrant-justice organizing in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research with Sara Black and Nik Heynen, a project stemming from the urban research community at the University of Georgia. His current research includes an ongoing collaborations on the politics of pipelines on indigenous territories in North America and several projects on rivers and watersheds in the U.S. Southeast, with an increasing focus on urban and suburban geographies of race and nature in Atlanta.
- Hardy, R, R Milligan & N Heynen. “Racialized Coastal Formation: The Environmental Injustice of Colorblind Adaptation Planning for Sea-level Rise.” Geoforum, 87:62-72.
- Diem, J, TC Hill & R Milligan. “Diverse Multi-decadal Changes in Streamflow within a Rapidly Urbanizing Region.” Journal of Hydrology. (In press, available online)
- Milligan, R & T McCreary. “Between Kitimat LNG Terminal and Monkey Beach: Literary-Geographic Methods and the Politics of Recognition in Resource Governance on Haisla Territory.” GeoHumanities: Space, Place, and the Humanities. (Accepted, Forthcoming)
- Black, S, R Milligan & N Heynen. “Solidarity in Climate/Immigrant Justice Direct Action: Lessons from Movements in the U.S. South.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 40 (2): 284-298.
- McCreary, T & R Milligan. “Pipelines, permits, and protests: Carrier Sekani encounters with the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project.” cultural geographies, 21 (1): 115-129.
- Milligan, R & T McCreary. “Inscription, Innocence, and Invisibility: Early Contributions to the Discursive Formation of the North in Samuel Hearne’s A Journey to the Northern Ocean.” In A Baldwin, L Cameron, and A Kobayashi (eds.) Rethinking the Great White North: Race, Nature and the Historical Geographies of Whiteness in Canada. University of British Columbia Press, 147-168.