Julie Sze is a Professor and the Chair of American Studies at UC Davis, and the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project at UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment. Sze’s book, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize. Her second book is called Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis (2015). Sze also is the author or co-author of dozens of articles on topics related to environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism. Sze is the faculty advisor for Voices of the Valley, a project devoted to illuminating the struggle for environmental justice in California’s San Joaquin Valley.