Breena Holland

Associate Professor
Ph. D., University of Chicago, 2005


Environmental policy, environmental politics, environmental justice, contemporary political theory, and environmental political theory


Breena Holland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Environmental Initiative. She earned her doctorate and master's degree in Political Science at the University of Chicago and she holds bachelor's degrees from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and the Department of Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Her primary research is in the areas of environmental policy and political theory and focuses on issues of valuation, justification, and participation in contemporary approaches to policy analysis and administrative rulemaking. Breena is currently engaged in several local projects related to environmental justice, food justice, and government accountability. 

Selected Publications:
Holland, Breena. 2017. “Procedural justice in local climate adaptation: political capabilities and transformational change,” Journal of Environmental Politics 26/3: 391-412.

Holland, Breena and Amy Linch. 2016. “Cultivating Human and Non-Human Capabilities for Mutual Flourishing,” in Teena Gabrielson et al. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory. Oxford University Press, pp. 413-428.

Holland, Breena. 2014. Allocating the Earth: A Distributional Framework for Protecting Capabilities in Environmental Law and Policy. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.

Holland, Breena. 2012. “Environment as Meta-Capability: Why a Dignifled Life Requires a Stable Climate System,” in Allen Thompson and Jeremy Bendik-Keymer (eds.). Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future. The MIT Press, pp. 145-164.

Holland, Breena. 2008. “Ecology and the Limits of Justice: Establishing ‘Capability Ceilings’ in Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach.” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (Special Edition on Ideas Changing History) 9/3: 399-423.

Holland, Breena. 2008. “Justice and the Environment in Nussbaum’s ‘Capabilities Approach’: Why Sustainable Ecological Capacity is a Meta Capability.” Political Research Quarterly 61/2: 319-332.