september, 2019

20sep3:00 pm4:00 pmHighway Protests, Legislative Backlash, and Mobility Justice

Event Details

Since 2014, dozens of protests in the U.S. have deliberately blocked major highways in order to increase the visibility of these protests and to draw on long-standing political meanings of transportation infrastructure. In response, seventeen states in 2017 introduced twenty-one pieces of legislation aimed at stopping such protests. While only two of these bills passed into law, they are still of interest for what they demonstrate about state-level legislative responses to highway protests. Using quantitative and qualitative methods within a framework of mobility justice, this study considers the geographies of the legislators who sponsored these bills as well as the discourses they produced around mobility, space, and place.


(Friday) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Natural History Building Room 2049

1301 W Green St


Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science