Ruth Dusseault

Ruth Dusseault

Class of 2023

Ruth Dusseault is an environmental journalist with multi-discipline experience in film, geography, ethnography and design.  She reports on systems that undergird modern life. Her avenues include architecture, environmental engineering, food systems and public policy.


  • Reporter, Bay City News Foundation, UC California Local Reporting Fellow / Reporter, Investigative Reporting Program, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism / Associate Producer, The Greater Good Foundation, UC Berkeley / Reporter, Oakland North / Graduate Instructor, Media Studies Department, UC Berkeley, 2021 - 2023 / Education intern, Internews' Earth Journalism Network / Archival intern Hybrid Cinema/8Above 2022 for "The Mark Pauline Story" / Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech School of Architecture 2001 - 2012


  • Society for Environmental Journalists Fund for Public Lands Coverage
    New Delhi International Film Festival 2023
    Honorable Mention, London International Monthly Film Festival 2022
    Berkeley Journalism Fellowship
    Finalist, Creative Capital
    Idea Capital Artist Award
    Design Award, National Endowment for the Arts


  • “Ecotopia Now,” chapter Design Radicals: Spaces of California Counterculture, ed. Greg Castillo and Lee Stickells (Univ. Minnesota Press) 2023, supported by the Graham Foundation.

    "San Francisco tech startup poses new threat to Oakland's century-old Produce Market," The Oaklandside, Feb. 8, 2022

    "Five years after Ghost Ship fire: How local organizations are fighting artist displacement," Oakland North · Dec 16, 2021

    "What would make Chinatown's roads safer for pedestrians"What would make Chinatown's roads safer for pedestrians"
    The Oaklandside. Nov 15, 2021

    “Play War: Homemade Recreational Battlefields,” Places Journal, 2014

    “The Incomplete Illusion: Photographing the Training Ground, “Journal Society Arch. Historians, Sept. 2013

  • Author archive, Bay City News Foundation


  • Society for Environmental Journalists
    Investigative Reporters & Editors
    Society of Professional Journalists
    College Art Association


Agriculture, ArcGIS, Environmental Regulation, architecture, conservation and land management, environmental engineering, military culture, natural building, sustainable design