Brittany Meché

Brittany Meché

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

'66 Environmental Center
At Williams since 2019


B.A. New York University, Middle Eastern&Islamic Studies (2010)
M.A. The New School (2014)
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Geography (2020)

Areas of Expertise

West Africa, United States, African Diaspora; security/militarism; nature/environment; race/empire; expertise/international development; politics/political theory

Scholarship/Creative Work

2021. “Development, the Drug War, and the Limits of Security Sector Reform in the West African Sahel.” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 20(6), 687-706.

2021 “Ecology Otherwise: A Review Essay.” A review of Tiffany King The Black Shoals: Formations of Black and Native Studies. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. Society and Space Online.

2020 “Memories of an Imperial City: Race, Gender, and Birmingham, Alabama.” Antipode. 52(2): 475-495.

2019 “Bad Things Happen in the Desert: Mapping Security Regimes in the West African Sahel and the ‘Problem’ of Arid Spaces.” A Research Agenda for Military Geography. Ed. Rachel Woodward. London: Edward Elgar.

2016 “Surveillance States and the Possibilities of Diaspora: A Review Essay.” A review of Simone Browne Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Antipode on

2016 “Making Room for Black Feminist Praxis in Geography” [with Camilla Hawthorne] Society and Space on

2015 “Concerning Violence: Film Review.” Africa is a Country [with Michael Watts, Camilla Hawthorne, and Erin Torkelson] on

2014 “The Redemption Trope in South African Cinema.” Africa is a Country on

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

2020 Non-Resident Fellow, Du Bois Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University (2-year tenure)

2019 Gaius C. Bolin Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Studies, Williams College (2-year tenure)

2019 McMillan-Stewart Residential Fellow, Du Bois Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University (1-year tenure)

2019 Carter G. Woodson Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in African and African American Studies, University of Virginia (2-year tenure)(declined)

2019 African and African Diaspora Studies Dissertation Fellowship, Boston College (1-year tenure)(declined)

2019 Alternate, Dissertation Fellowship, The Ford Foundation

2018 International Dissertation Research Fellowship, The Social Science Research Council (1-year tenure)

2017 John L. Simpson Memorial Fellowship, Institute for International Studies, UC Berkeley (1-year tenure)

2017 Teaching Effectiveness Award, Graduate Division, UC Berkeley

2017 Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow, Middlebury College

2016 Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, The Social Science Research Council

2016 Rocca Pre-Doctoral Award, UC Berkeley Center for African Studies

2016 Human Rights Fellowship, UC Berkeley School of Law

2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Geographers

African Studies Association

American Studies Association

Current Committees

  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Honor and Discipline Committee