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Kimberly Marion Suiseeya

Assistant Professor; Environmental Policy and Culture Program; Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

Ph.D.: Duke University, 2014
Curriculum Vitae


Research Interest(s): Global environmental politics, environmental justice, environmental policy, indigenous rights, international development, ethnography, institutions

Program Area(s): Methods; International Relations; Comparative Politics

Regional Specialization(s): Southeast Asia; Asia

Subfield Specialties: International Organizations and International Law


Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Environmental Policy and Culture program at Northwestern University. She is also Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research and the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy. Trained as an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, Suiseeya specializes in global environmental politics and political ecology. Her book manuscript, The Justice Gap in Global Forest Governance, explores the politics of justice and representation in global forest and climate governance and its impacts on forest dependent communities in Laos. Suiseeya holds a PhD in Environment from Duke University, an MA in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a BA in International Relations/Politics and German Studies from Scripps College. She also has extensive experience as a practitioner, including stints in the Peace Corps, with the Sierra Club and IUCN, and on World Bank-funded projects. Her recent publications have appeared in Global Environmental Politics, Conservation and Society, Forests, Environmental Politics, and Global Environmental Change. Her current funded research projects include Presence to Influence (since 2015); CIVIC-STRONG: Strengthening Resilience in Ojibwe Nations across Generations (NSF Award 2044053; since 2021); and Disproportionate Impacts of Environmental Change through Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute (2020-2022).

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  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R., Diana K. Elhard, and Christopher J. Paul. “Towards a Relational Approach in Global Climate Governance: Exploring the Role of Trust.” Forthcoming at WIREs Climate Change.
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. “Towards a Comparative Politics of Environmental Justice: Critical Perspectives on Representation, Equity, and Rights.” Chapter (invited) in The Oxford Handbook on Comparative Environmental Politics, Eds. Erika Weinthal, Stacy VanDeveer, and Jeannie Sowers. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. and Laura Zanotti, with Kate Haapala. 2021. “Navigating the Spaces between Human Rights and Justice: Cultivating Indigenous Representation in Global Environmental Governance.” Journal of Peasant Studies. Forthcoming.
  • Pickering, Jonathan, Brendan Coolsaet, Neil Dawson, Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya, Cristina Y.A. Inoue, and Michelle Lim. “Justice and equity in transformative biodiversity governance.” Chapter (invited) in Transforming Biodiversity Governance (edited by Ingrid Visseren-Hamaers and Marcel Kok). Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming.
  • Zanotti, Laura and Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya. 2020. “Doing feminist collaborative event ethnography.” Journal of Political Ecology 27(1): 961-987.
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. 2020. “Procedural Justice Matters: Power, Representation, and Participation in Environmental Governance.” Chapter (invited) in Environmental Justice: Key Issues (edited by Brendan Coolsaet). Series: Routledge Key Issues in Environment and Sustainability.
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. and Laura Zanotti. 2019. “Making Influence Visible: Innovating Ethnography at the Paris Climate Summit.” Global Environmental Politics 19(2): 38-60.
  • Hughes, Hannah, Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya and Alice B.M. Vadrot, Editors for Special Section “Methodological Innovation in the Study of Environmental Agreement-making. Global Environmental Politics 19(2).
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. 2017. “Contesting Justice in Global Forest Governance: the Promises and Pitfalls of REDD+.” Conservation and Society 15(2): 189-200.
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. 2016. “Transforming Justice in REDD+ through a Politics of Difference Approach.” Forests 7(300): 1-14. Reproduced in 2018 as part of a special publication: Corbera, Esteve and Heike Schroeder (eds). REDD+ Crossroads Post Paris: Politics, Lessons and Interplays. MDPI.
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. 2015. “Displacing Difference and the Barriers to Environmental Justice.” Politics, Groups, and Identities 3(4): 697-702. (Forum piece).
  • Witter, Rebecca,* Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya,* Rebecca Gruby, Maggie Bourque, Sarah Hitchner, Ted Maclin, and Peter Brosius. 2015. “Moments of Influence in Global Environmental Governance.” Environmental Politics 24(6): 894-912.
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. 2014. “Negotiating the Nagoya Protocol: Indigenous Demands for Justice.” Global Environmental Politics 14(3): 102-124.
  • Marion Suiseeya, Kimberly R. and Susan Caplow. 2013. “In Pursuit of Procedural Justice: Lessons from an Analysis of 56 Forest Carbon Project Designs.” Global Environmental Change 23(5): 968-979.
  • O'Neill, Kate, Erika Weinthal, Kimberly R. Marion Suiseeya, Steven Bernstein, Avery S. Cohn, Michael W. Stone, and Benjamin Cashore. 2013. “Methods and Global Environmental Governance.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 38(1): 441-471.

Honors and Awards

  • Farrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, Northwestern University, 2018
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