Comparative Religion and Humanities

Chris Crews

Dr. Crews currently teaches in the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at California State University, Chico. He completed his PhD in Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York City, with a focus on social movements, environmental justice and Indigenous rights, drawing on historical and contemporary research and fieldwork.

His work focuses on rethinking social movements in the Anthropocene, with special attention to how issues of land and culture have shaped social movements. Drawing on fieldwork in the Himalayas and the US, his work traces the growing role of Earth-centered politics and social movements in the Anthropocene and shows how social movements are forging a new kind of Earth-centered or “Earthbound” politics attentive to questions of Earth justice in the 21st century.

His research has taken him from the foothills of Appalachia to the mountains of Nepal and Tibet, exploring the intersections between religion, nature and culture. He has also worked to promote international research and teaching, and spent several years coordinating Asia-focused academic programs and collaborations with the India China Institute.

When he is not teaching, Dr. Crews loves to explore the woods, ride his bike or bake fresh homemade bread. You can find his writings and other work online at www.chriscrews.com(opens in new window). You can follow him on Twitter @doctorcrews(opens in new window).

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Chris Crews