Aaron Foote, Ph.D.
Aaron Foote is an urban sociologist and community activist from Flint, Michigan. His current research examines the social, political, and economic factors that led to the Flint Water Crisis, specifically detailing how state and suburban actors colonized water rights in Southeast Michigan, ultimately leading to the poisoning of tens of thousands of Black Flint residents. Aaron’s research centers the lived experiences of the thousands of families who fought back against a colonial revanchist project that forever altered their lives. More broadly, Professor Foote is interested in how colonial revanchism will reshape Black urban environment in cities all over the world.
In the classroom, Aaron engages students through open discussion and experiential and collaborative learning, to connect students’ individual understandings to larger social systems and processes that produce inequality. Aaron challenges students to interrogate what they believe to be true, via evidence-based inquiry, in the hopes that this will facilitate new ideas and perspectives.
Professor Foote received his B.A. in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
“Flint PD Owes Residents an Apology for Abusive Behavior Displayed in Documentary”, Flint Beat (March 2018)
“Holy Water? City’s water crisis leads to suppression of Flint voices”, Flint Beat (August 2017)
“Origins of the Flint Water Crisis: Environmentalizing Urban Sociology through the Politics of Regionalization” with Cedric de Leon, City and Community (under review)