Kerry Chance

Visiting Scholar


Kerry Chance is an Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at UiB, and a Non-Resident Du Bois Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Her research focuses on two major topics in South Africa and the United States: (1) the politics of urban ecology at the intersections of gender, race, and class; and (2) the socio-cultural dynamics of climate change, particularly their effects upon differentiated bodies. Chance is the PI of the Habitable Air Project (, which examines climate change from the perspective of unequal distributions of air pollution in interconnected energy hubs. She has published multiple articles and book chapters, as well as a monograph titled Living Politics in South Africa’s Urban Shacklands (The University of Chicago Press 2018). She has a forthcoming book, which is titled Habitable Air: Urban Inequality in the Time of Climate Change, and an edited volume, which is titled Liveabilty on the Frontlines of Climate Change.