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Sheila Foster

AFFILIATION: Georgetown University Law and Public Policy, Columbia University Climate School (Visiting)

TITLE: Professor of Law and Public Policy; Visiting Professor of Climate

LOCATION: New York, Washington D.C.

LANGUAGE: English, Italian, Spanish

EXPERTISE AREA: Black/African-American Communities, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism


Sheila R. Foster is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown. She holds a joint appointment with the Georgetown Law School and the McCourt Public Policy School. Foster is well known for her articles and books on environmental justice, including From the Ground Up: Environmental Racism and the Rise of the Environmental Justice Movement (with Luke Cole) and The Law of Environmental Justice (with Michael Gerrard). Foster’s influential scholarship is published in top law journals like Yale, Berkeley, Harvard, Notre Dame and in books by NYU Press, MIT press, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press. Foster has worked with government agencies and public officials on a range of issues, including environmental justice and climate policy. She was the chair of the advisory committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors from 2017-2020 and is a member of the New York City Mayor’s Panel on Climate Change where she co-chairs the workgroup on climate equity. Foster also co-directs LabGov, an international applied research project that has pioneered a new model of urban governance and a path toward more equitable management of a city’s infrastructure and services. This approach is set forth in her MIT Press book, Co-Cities: Innovative Transitions toward Just and Self-Sustaining Communities (with Christian Iaione) In the upcoming academic year (2023-24), Foster will be a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Climate School. You can find out more about her at


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