Liz Koslov, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Urban Planning, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

5375 Public Affairs Bldg., Box 951656
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1656

Liz Koslov Website


Liz Koslov studies the social, cultural, and political dimensions of urban climate change adaptation. Her current book project, Retreat: Moving to Higher Ground in a Climate-Changed City, is an ethnographic account of “managed retreat,” the process of relocating people and unbuilding land exposed to extreme weather and sea level rise. The book is based on fieldwork in the New York City borough of Staten Island, where residents organized in favor of home buyouts after Hurricane Sandy. A related article, The Case for Retreat, appears in Public Culture. Liz has spoken about this research in outlets that include The New Yorker, WWNO New Orleans Public Radio, and Scientific American.

Prior to coming to UCLA, Liz was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT. She received a PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, an MSc in Culture and Society from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Communication and Spanish and Latin American Literature from George Washington University.