Michelle Yates is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.
Dr. Yates received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California Davis in June 2012. She earned a B.A. with honors in Women's Studies from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Yates' research draws on a methodology she calls green Marxist cultural studies in order to demonstrate how the ecological is intimately linked to the political, economic, and cultural aspects of American social life. Drawing on a range of political economic, Marxian, and environmentalist theory in conjunction with cultural texts and environmentalist media, her research asks, what can we learn about contemporary environmental degradation, who is most affected, and how to solve it, by studying the way capitalist society functions as a mode of production?
At Columbia, Dr. Yates teaches core courses in Cultural Studies, including Introduction to Cultural Studies and Cultural Theories, and seminars in her research specialties.
Dr. Yates has had her work published in the social geography journal Antipode and in a recent anthology The Renewal of Cultural Studies. She has delivered papers at numerous national conferences, including the Cultural Studies Association, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, American Studies Association, and the Association for American Geographers.
Contact Dr. Yates:
Dr. Michelle Yates
Columbia College Chicago
Department of HHSS
600 S. Michigan Ave.