About Keith

Keith K. Miyake, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Keith received his Ph.D. from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). His research interests broadly include political economic geography, environmental justice, critical race and ethnic studies, and urban planning. His work engages what he calls the racial environmental state as a contradictory source of both foreclosure and possibility in relation to antiracist struggles for social and environmental justice.

He is a former Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, where he was mentored by Dr. Julie Sze. From 2013 to 2016, Keith served as a GC Digital Fellow, working on various digital projects, workshops, and research collaborations supporting digital research initiatives and the digital humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Prior to that, he spent two years serving as a joint assistant for the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, the Committee on Globalization and Social Change, the Committee for the Study of Religion, and the Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Keith has taught undergraduate courses including Introduction to Geography at Lehman College and Asians in the Americas (Intro to Asian American Studies) at Hunter College. He was also a collaborator on two separate National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded summer institutes: a K-12 educator program titled “Asian Americans in New York: Film and Literature,” and a CUNY-centered initiative, “Building Asian American Studies across the Community College Classroom.”

Prior to his graduate study, Keith worked as an environmental engineer, designing and monitoring systems used in the cleanup of soil and groundwater pollutants, and drafting environmental reports on contaminated sites throughout Southern California.

Keith received his Bachelor of Science degree with High Distinction in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College. During his undergraduate education, he was heavily involved with the Claremont Colleges Interdisciplinary Asian American Studies program (IDAAS) and worked to create an Asian Pacific Islander mentoring program at Harvey Mudd (API-SPAM). This work heavily influenced his ongoing involvements in social justice activism related to labor, transportation, immigration, and the environment.

Keith was born and raised in, and remains deeply committed to, Southern California’s San Gabriel and Inland Valleys.