About Me

I write about climate and environmental justice, just transition– how to transition to a low carbon economy in a way that protects workers and communities, green/climate jobs, politics, race, and inequality. Currently, I’m an Assistant Professor at Occidental College, Urban and Environmental Policy Department and a Fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute. I’m also on the Board of Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment (CRPE), Good for Girls, and Welcome Ideas. My previous work experience includes Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of LawPolicyLink, Demos, Urban Agenda (now ALIGN), the Progressive States Network, CRPE, ICIMOD and IUCN.

I am also a policy and research consultant. My current and past consulting clients include the Worker Institute at Cornell University, UC Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and EducationProgressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Common Cause, Demos, and the Building Movement Project.


  • “From the Dirty Past to the Clean Future,” in Routledge Handbook of Climate Justice (Routledge, anticipated Nov. 2018)
  • J. Mijin Cha, Jane Holgate, and Karel Yon, “Emergent Cultures of Activism: Young People and the Building of Alliances Between Unions and Other Social Movements,” Work and Occupations, First Published July 4, 2018. Available at: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0730888418785977#articleCitationDownloadContainer, or email me and I can send you a PDF.
  • “A Just Transition: Why Transitioning Workers into a New Clean Energy Economy Should Be at the Center of Climate Change Policies,” 29 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 196 (2017).
  • “Labor Leading on Climate: A Policy Platform to Address Rising Inequality and Rising Sea Levels in New York State,” 34 Pace Envtl L. Rev. 423 (2017)
  • “Changing Climate and Changing Rights: Exploring Legal and Policy Frameworks for Indigenous Mountain Communities in Nepal,” in Climate Change and Indigenous People (Edward Elgar Publishing 2013)
  • “Increasing Access to Environmental Justice: A Resource Book for Advocacy and Legal Literacy in South Asia” Published by ICIMOD, ISBN 978 92 9115 021 2. (2007)
  • “Access to Justice in the United States: Embracing Environmental and Social Concerns to Achieve Environmental Justice.” in Access to Environmental Justice: Comparative Perspectives (Martinus Nijhoff 2007).
  • “Environmental Justice in Rural South Asia: Applying Lessons Learned from the U.S. in Fighting for Indigenous Communities’ Rights and Access to Common Resources,” Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, Vol. 19:185 (2007).
  • “A Critical Examination of the Environmental Jurisprudence of the Courts of India,” 10 Alb. L. Envtl. Outlook 197 (2005).


Principle Investigator, Just Transition Roadmap, Climate Equity Network, July 2018-March 2019.


I hold a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, a J.D. from UC Hastings, College of the Law, and LLM and PhD degrees from the Univ. of London, SOAS. My PhD thesis, Law, Justice & the Environment: A Comparative Analysis of Access to Justice Movements in India and the U.S., can be found in the depths of the SOAS library in London.

Finally, the great Ta-Nehisi Coates once wished me Happy Birthday. It remains one of the best birthday presents ever.


3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Cathy Gibert says:

    Thank you for your work! I was introduced to you through Karen Hunter Show (2/22/16). Your exchange and POV was/is brilliant! I wish you continued success and access as you carry on for humanity. #woke


  2. Pingback: J. MIJI CHA – Karen Hunter Show

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