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J. Mijin Cha

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Cha is an assistant professor in the environmental studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

She researches and writes about climate and environmental justice, just transition– how to transition to a low carbon economy in a way that protects workers and communities, labor/climate coalitions, and the relationship between inequality and the climate crisis.

Cha is also a Fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute and is on the Board of Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment (CRPE)Greenpeace USA Fund, and Welcome Ideas. Her previous work experience includes Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, Associate Director at PolicyLink, Senior Policy Analyst at Demos, Director of Campaign Research/ Policy Director at Urban Agenda (now ALIGN), Senior Policy Analyst at the Progressive States Network, and visiting legal scholar positions at CRPE, ICIMOD and IUCN.