Jules M. Bacon (M.A. English Literature and Culture, Oregon State University; M.S. Sociology, University of Oregon; Ph.D. Environmental Sciences Studies and Policy, University of Oregon) is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Grinnell College. In their personal, creative, and professional life they advocate for just and collaborative relationships between all beings. Their research and teaching centers environmental justice with a particular focus on the interactions between culture, emotions, and environment. As an educator they prioritize mentorship and student empowerment. They are especially proud of the work their students have gone on to do in a wide range of fields including law, community organizing, medicine, and land management. Their work “Settler colonialism as eco-social structure and the production of colonial ecological violence” is the winner of the Environmental Sociology Early Career Prize.