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 is Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, where she explores the social dimensions of climate change, questions of environmental and climate justice, and how cities are adapting to effects such as extreme weather and sea level rise. Her current book project, Retreat: Moving to Higher Ground in a Climate-Changed City, offers an ethnographic account of “managed retreat” from the coast in New York City after Hurricane Sandy. Related work has been published in Public Culture, Annals of the American Association of Geographers, and Public Books, and cited in outlets that include Scientific American, The New Yorker, and WWNO New Orleans Public Radio.

Prior to joining UCLA, Liz was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT. She holds 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.