Tyler White

MIT Department: Political Science
Undergraduate Institution: Swarthmore College
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I am a rising junior at Swarthmore College, where I am a Political Science major and Honors Environmental Studies minor, seeking to center the voices of the most vulnerable in hopes of crafting policy and movements to combat capitalism, ecological damage, and racial injustice. I self describe myself as an advocate, social critic and humanist, but more than anything the importance of any lifetime to manifest for oneself the greatest desires to chart an existence worth reliving. My research builds on the fields of political science and theory, sociology, and environmental history, to investigate the phenomenology of race and capital as it relates to the vast anti-natural, ecological erosion that has produced the greatest collective crisis of the modern era: climate change. Working through the lens of community resilience, indigenous knowledge, the politics of revolution, and political organization, I want to deliver new, measured, and scalable social organizations that establish mutually reciprocating relationships between humanity, the environment, economic constructions, and self-autonomy. Once finished with my undergraduate degree, I hope to receive a M.Phil in Law, and Environmental Change and Management, before completing a Ph.D. in Political Science. When not thinking, I spend a lot of time with friends, family, and organizers; trying new foods; listening to music; taking photographs; making new dishes; and writing poetry.