John Hultgren

John Hultgren

John Hultgren's work explores the theoretical and ideological foundations of environmental political struggles.

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A scholar of environmental politics and political theory, Hultgren is the author of Border Walls Gone Green: Nature and Anti-immigrant Politics in America (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). The book explains and critiques the strange intersections that exist between the environmental movement and the immigration restriction movement. In addition to book chapters, he has published articles in the Journal of Political Ideologies, New Political Science, and Alternatives: Global, Local, Political. His current projects include an analysis of environmentalist alliance-building efforts with other social actors (such as labor unions and immigrants’ rights organizations) and a theoretical and ethnographic exploration of environmental values on “Main Street” (that is, small-town, working-class America). He received his PhD in Political Science from Colorado State University (2012) and has previously taught at Colorado State and Northern Arizona University. Hultgren joined the Bennington faculty in Fall 2016.


Hultgren, John. 2018. “American Environmental Ideologies in the 21st Century: A Re-Evaluation.” Journal of Political Ideologies 23:1, pp. 54-79.

Hultgren, John. 2018. “Representing Posthumans: Citizenship and the Political Production of Bodies and Technology.” Chapter in Erika Cudworth, Stephen Hobden and Emilian Kavalski (eds.), Posthuman Dialogues in International Relations. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Hultgren, John. 2017. “Discourse, Nature and Critical Political Economy: American Environmentalists Debate Immigration.” Chapter in Johnna Montgomerie (ed.), Critical Methods in Political and Cultural Economy. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Hultgren, John. 2016. “Nature, Place, and the Politics of Migration.” Book chapter in Harald Bauder and Christian Matheis (eds.), Migration Policy and Practice: Interventions and Solutions. London and NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Hultgren, John. 2015. Border Walls Gone Green: Nature and Anti-immigrant Politics in America. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Hultgren, John. 2014. “The ‘Nature’ of American Immigration Restrictionism.” New Political Science 36:1, pp. 52-75.

Hultgren, John. 2012. “Natural Exceptions to Green Sovereignty? American Environmentalism and the ‘Immigration Problem’.” Alternatives: Global, Local, Political 37:4, pp. 300-316.

Fall 2019 Courses

Critical Conversations in Society, Culture & Thought: The Great Transformation at 75