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Gregory White

Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government; Chair of Environmental Science and Policy

Gregory White


10 Prospect Street #205


Gregory White is the Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government. He is also the chair of the Environmental Science & Policy Program. He teaches courses on global environmental politics, international relations, migration and refugee politics, and the global politics of tourism. He also offers a senior seminar on North African politics.

White’s research and publications focus on North African politics, migration and refugee studies, environmental politics and international security. He is the former co-editor of the Journal of North African Studies. In 2009–10 he received a New Directions Grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, where he studied climate and earth science at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. In the fall 2019, he was a visiting scholar at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Morocco. He is currently at work on a book manuscript entitled, Refugees of the Apocalypse?: A Critique of the Concept of “Climate Refugees.”

Selected Publications

“The ‘Others’ in John Lanchester’s Cli-Fi Novel, The Wall,” in Climate Migration: Critical Perspectives for Law, Policy, and Research, coedited by Benoit Mayer and Calum T.M. Nicholson, (Hart-Bloomsbury, 2023).

Book Review: Lorena Gazzotti’s Immigration Nation: Aid, Control, and Border Politics in Morocco (Cambridge UP, 2022) in Perspectives on Politics 20:4, 2022.

“Kingdom of Morocco,” in The Politics and Government of the Middle East and North Africa, Sean Yom, ed., 9th edition, (Routledge, 2019).

“Climate Refugees: A Useful Concept?” Global Environmental Politics 19:4, Fall 2019.

“Environmental Refugees,” in The Handbook on Migration and Security, Philippe Bourbeau, ed. (London: Edward Elgar, 2017).

“The Specter of Climate Refugees: Why Invoking Refugees as a Reason to ‘Take Climate Change Seriously’ is Troubling,” Migration and Citizenship Newsletter of the American Political Science Association 4:2, Summer 2016.

Co-edited (with Yahia Zoubir), North African Politics: Change and Continuity (Routledge Press, 2016).

“Security Domains in Conflict?,” Global Environmental Politics, 13:2, May 2013.

Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Office Hours

Spring 2024

Wednesday 2-4 p.m.; or by appointment.


Ph.D., M.A., University of Wisconsin–Madison
M.A., University of Delaware
A.B., Lafayette College

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks