Joyce Barry

Joyce Barry
Joyce Barry

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Director of American Studies

on leave 2020-21
Couper Hall 105

Joyce M. Barry’s interdisciplinary research examines the connections between gender and environmental justice thought and praxis.  She has published reviews and articles in Environmental Ethics, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Environmental Justice and elsewhere. Barry’s book Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining, was published by Ohio University Press in 2012. Her current research investigates the gendered dimensions of global climate change. Her work has received support from the foundations of the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Association of University Women. Barry received her doctorate in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University.

Recent Courses Taught

Introduction to Women’s Studies
Interpreting the American Environment
Gender and the Environment
Gender, Health and Technology
Feminist Methodological Perspectives
Gender and the Politics of Food


National Association of University Women Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)
National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship

Selected Publications

  • Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice, and The Fight to End Mountaintop Removal. Ohio University Press, August, 2012.
  • “Global Environmental Justice and Climate Change: Lessons from Women’s Activism Against Mountaintop Removal in the United States.” Area. Special issue on Environmentally Induced Displacement. London: Blackwell-Riley, 2014.
  • “Remembering the Past, Working for the Future”: West Virginia Women Fight for Economic Justice and Environmental Heritage in the Age of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining.” Women of the Mountain South. Connie Rice & Marie Tedesco. Eds. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2014.
  • “Women, Environmental Justice, and the Coal River Mountain Watch.” Women: Images & Realities, A Multicultural Anthology, 5th ed. Amy Kesselman, Lily D. McNair, and Nancy Schniedwind. Eds. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
  • “A Small Group of Thoughtful, Committed Citizens: Women’s Activism, Environmental Justice, and the Coal River Mountain Watch.” Environmental Justice. Spring, 2008.
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  • “New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality and Activism." Review. National Women’s Studies Association Journal. #3. Fall 2007.
  • “Nature’s Altars: Mountains, Gender and American Environmentalism.” Review. Environmental Ethics. Spring, 2007.
  • “Mountaineers Are Always Free?:  An Examination of the Effects of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining in West Virginia.”  Women’s Studies Quarterly.  Summer, 2001.

Appointed to the Faculty: 2010

Educational Background

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Radford University
B.A., Concord College

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