Martin-Hardin, Amanda

Field: United States; Advisor: Guridy and Jacoby; Year: 2018

Amanda Martin-Hardin is a Ph.D. candidate studying environmental history at Columbia University. Her dissertation, titled Greenlining: Civil Rights Struggles Over the Outdoors in the United States, offers a new interpretation of American civil rights that foregrounds battles for environmental equity as central to the movement. Her dissertation will be the first to document “greenlining”–a term she introduces and defines as any attempt to deny people access to outdoor spaces based on their ascribed race. Amanda has published her work in Environmental History, the Washington Post, Environmental History Now, and Zócalo Public Square. Finally, she is the creator of “Everyday Environmentalism,” a podcast that shares conversations about “urban nature” and environmental activism in New York City.


Nature in Black and White: Summer Camps and Racialized Landscapes in the Photography of Gordon Parks,” Environmental History Volume 23, Issue 3 (July 2018): 594-605.

Central Park’s ‘Gate of Exoneration’ invites reflection on racism in parks,” The Washington Post, December 19, 2022.

Archives, Images, and Evolving Questions: Mapping the Great Outdoors in Black New York,” Environmental History Now, September 6, 2021.

“‘Sharp and Subversive’ Scenes of Integrated 1940s Summer Camps,” Zócalo Public Square, July 23, 2020.