By training I am a cultural anthropologist in the constructivist tradition, i.e., employing qualitative research methods that privilege discursive and semiotic aspects of social life. In 2007 I went on sabbatical and found a new passion that animates my teaching and research: that passion is environmental justice. At this juncture, I seek new directions that will allow me to take the next steps on my journey into the field of environmental justice. First, I wish to develop new theoretical perspectives that will enhance my ability to conceptualize the role of material entities and forces in cases of environmental injustice. To achieve this goal I will need to obtain key texts and read deeply and widely in recent literature that explores novel ways of "theorizing materiality" in the social sciences. Second, I want to obtain new disciplinary knowledge in geoscience so as to better understand the material conditions and processes—that is, to "explore the territory"—in which environmental injustices occur. As a first step in this endeavor, I plan to attend a workshop designed to assist undergraduate faculty from all disciplinary backgrounds in incorporating geoscience perspectives into their environmental justice courses. And finally, I am motivated to learn new technical skills that will facilitate the compilation of certain kinds of data, such as social characteristics, locations of polluting industrial facilities, and so on, into forms that effectively reveal how these factors are related spatially. Toward this goal, I hope to attend a workshop that teaches the fundamentals of GIS mapping and census data for community analysis so as to "create the maps" that reveal environmental injustices.