Danielle Purifoy is a lawyer and current Ph.D student at the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School of Public Policy. She is interested in race and environmental inequity, specifically how law and policy create the conditions for inequitable distributions of environmental amenities and disamenities in communities of color. This summer, she and other Duke students will work with the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise (ACRE) to identify local and state policies that are barriers to critical infrastructure access in Lowndes County. The findings and recommendations from this project will support ACRE’s ongoing community-based advocacy, and inform her dissertation project on environmental inequity in similarly situated communities in North Carolina.


August 15, 2015: Black Belt Infrastructure=Black Power

September 15, 2015: Living Unincorporated