Keith K. Miyake, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He received his Ph.D. from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). His teaching and research interests span political economic geography, environmental justice, racial capitalism, Asian/American Studies, geographical information science (GISc), and the carceral state. 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 currently developing a manuscript in which he examines the fundamental relationships between systems of racial and environmental knowledge, governance, and community organizing, both within and against state.
Keith previously served as a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, under the mentorship of Dr. Julie Sze, and as a Dissertation Writing Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the Graduate Center, CUNY. 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 graduate 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, CUNY, and Asians in the US (Intro to Asian American Studies) at Hunter College, CUNY. 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 in the Southern California region, designing and monitoring systems used in the cleanup of soil and groundwater pollutants, and authoring environmental cleanup, impact, and compliance reports for environmental contamination sites. He also worked as a K-12 math and science educator.
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 co-founded the Asian Pacific Islander mentoring program at Harvey Mudd (API-SPAM). This work heavily influenced his ongoing involvements in social justice activism related to labor, immigration, prison abolition, and the environment.
Keith was born and raised in, and remains deeply committed to, Southern California’s San Gabriel and Inland Valleys.