Abby Cunniff

Abby Cunniff

Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Abby Cunniff studies pressing environmental justice and climate justice issues in prisons and the myriad issues that arise for incarcerated people. 

Abby's dissertation project is a labor history of California’s prison fire camp program from 1970-2020. It asks under what conditions incarcerated workers became the "infantry" of wildfire response in the state and how racial capitalism shaped this program into a climate change response workforce in the late twentieth century. This contemporary history opens up critical inquisitions about labor and power within climate planning and environmental change.

They are a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Environmental Studies department. They received their B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2017 and were a UCSC Global and Community Health Fellow in 2021. 

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