Research Projects & Publications


Coalitions Against Pipelines in Minnesota

How do different groups work together to stop fossil fuel infrastructure? The Line 3 Pipeline was approved in June in Minnesota, my new home. The pipeline carries carbon intensive tar sands in a time when all science says we must keep fossil fuels in the ground. It continues ongoing exploitation of indigenous communities, crossing Anishinaabeg treaty territories, multiple reservations, and wild rice beds. Honor the Earth, whose mission is to “create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities” plays a lead role in resistance to Line 3, which is ongoing. Recently, Honor the Earth, Friends of the Headwaters, and a coalition of four sovereign Anishinaabe Bands filed legal challenges against the environmental impact statement on the project. I seek to understand how Honor the Earth worked and works with other environmental and social justice groups in MN. I am particularly interested in experiences of Native-lead groups working with non-Native groups, such as 350 Minnesota, who were also engaged in resistance to the pipeline. As a white settler, who has been involved with 350 groups in other states since 2013, I am interested in learning best practices for being a good ally in work for climate justice.

Climate Stories in Minnesota

In partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, I will be working with colleagues to train students to collect stories from folks in Minnesota about experiences with climate change. The interviews will be broadcast on MPR’s Climate Cast and used for teaching and research.

Working across Lines: Resisting Extreme Energy Extraction in Idaho and California

My doctoral research, Working Across Lines, examines the social complexities of grassroots resistance to extreme energy extraction (hydraulic fracturing or fracking, and tar sands). Through 106 in-depth interviews and ethnographic fieldwork in communities in Idaho and California, it analyzes activist motivations and perspectives on building inclusive social movements to prevent extraction and address climate change. I find that activists in both settings, the majority of whom are women, develop strategies and practices that enable them to build relationships and coalitions across lines, whether these are lines based on political ideology, identity, or approaches to sustainability. These strategies entail appealing to the roots of environmental and social problems that activists identify as injustice and lack of accountability and integrity by government and industry. By reaching across these lines, activists are building diverse movements that appeal beyond the typical progressive choir, and thus, have greater potential for growth, impact, and success. Read the abstract and table of contents here.


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Peer Reviewed

Foran, John, Summer Gray and Corrie Grosse. 2017 “Not Yet the End of the World: Political Cultures of Opposition and Creation in the Global Youth Climate Justice Movement.” Interface 9(2):353-79. *equal authorship

Grosse, Corrie. 2017.  “Megaloads and Mobilization: The Rural People of Idaho Stand Against Big Oil.” Case Studies in the Environment: 1-7. doi: 10.1525/ 

Grosse, Corrie. 2017. “Grassroots vs. Big Oil: Measure P and the Fight to Ban Fracking in Santa Barbara County, California.” Case Studies in the Environmentdoi: 10.1525/ Download here.

Grosse, Corrie Ellis. 2016. “Fair Care? How Ecuadorian Women Negotiate Childcare in Fair Trade Flower Production.” Women’s Studies International Forum 57:30-37.

Charles, Maria, Corrie Ellis [Grosse], and Paula England. 2015. “Is There a Caring Class? Intergenerational Transmission of Care Work.” Sociological Science 2:527-43. *equal authorship

[Grosse] Ellis, Corrie. 2014. “Women Working on a Fair Flower Farm in Ecuador: An Ethnographic Study.” In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd.

Book Chapters and Editor Reviewed Publications

Grosse, Corrie. 2017. “Tactics of Universalizing in the Climate Justice Movement.” Pp. 263-67 in Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times, edited by C. Derber. London: Routledge.

Grosse, Corrie Ellis. 2016. “Scholar Activism and Reciprocity: The Fight Against Fracking in Idaho.” Practicing Anthropology 38(3):28-30.

Book Reviews

Grosse, Corrie. 2017. “Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London (2015).”  Energy Research & Social Science 29:84-85. doi:  Download here.

Online Publications

Grosse, Corrie. 2018. “Climate Justice” in Climate Futures: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, edited by Henry Jakubowski. Video:; Audio:

Grosse, Corrie. Energy and Society. Case Studies in the Environment. doi: 10.1525/cse.2017.000323. A Slide Case: slides for teaching on environmental justice, climate justice, energy, and Standing Rock.

[Grosse] Ellis, Corrie. 2015. “Solidarity for Feminist Climate Justice.” The Feminist Wire, April 27,

Foran, John, Corrie Ellis [Grosse], and Summer Gray. 2014. At the COP: Global Climate Justice Youth Speak Out.

News Articles and Research In Practice

[Grosse], Corrie Ellis. 2015. “Idaho Residents Oppose Attempt At Forced Leasing Of Natural Gas,” Teton Valley News, August 15.

UCSB Sustainability. 2014. “AC 8: Campus as a Living Laboratory – Diversity and Affordability.” STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System).

Ellis, Corrie, Arlo Bender-Simon, Zachary Rosenblatt, Timothy Jacobs, Katelynn Bishop, Summer Gray, Alex Favacho, Jay Brooks, Zoe Brown, AJ Adams, Lindsey Tavares, Max Golding, and Rob Holland. 2014. “Students for Measure P,” Santa Barbara Independent, September 1.