Brinda Sarathy

Associate Professor of Environmental Analysis
Director, Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability

With Pitzer Since: 2007
Field Group: Environmental Analysis
Campus Address: Fletcher 221
Phone: 909.607.7342
Email: brinda_sarathy
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Related Website: Robert Redford Conservancy

Educational Background

MS, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
BA, McGill University

Research Interests

Natural resource management, environmental justice, race, and immigration, social inequality, US environmental policy.

Recent Courses

Environmental Justice (EA86)

U.S. Environmental Policy (EA95)

Commodifying Nature (EA154)

EA Senior Thesis Seminar (EA197)

Selected Publications

Pineros:  Latino Labor and the Changing Face of Forestry. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2012.

“The Marginalization of Pineros in the Pacific Northwest,” Society and Natural Resources, vol.21, no.8 (2008).

“Guest Workers or Unauthorized Immigrants? The Case of Forest Workers in the United States,” Policy Sciences, vol.41, no.2 (2008). With Vanessa Casanova.

Partnerships for Empowerment: Participatory Research for Community-Based Natural Resource Management. London, UK: Earthscan Press, 2008. Edited volume with Carl Wilmsen, William Elmendorf, Larry Fisher, Jacquelyn Ross, and Gail Wells.

“The Latinization of forest management work in southern Oregon: A case from the Rogue Valley,” Journal of Forestry, vol.104, no.7 (2006).

Selected Conference Participation and Invited Talks

“An Introduction to the Bay Delta Conservation Plan in the Context of California Water Policy,” invited talk at The American Institute of Progressive Democracy Conference on Water Scarcity & Solutions: Global to Local, Claremont, CA, March 2014.

“Reflections on Environmental Justice by Faculty and Students,” roundtable discussion at the Inland Valley Clean Air Summit, Riverside, CA , May 19, 2012.

“Pineros: Latino Labor in the Pacific Northwest,” Environmental Justice Book Lecture given at the John Muir Institute of the Environment, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, May 10, 2012, and invited book talk at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, April 6, 2012.

Invisible Workers and National Forests: Reflections of Exploitation and Oral History,” panel chair and presenter at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History, Madison, WI, March 13 2012.

“From Pears to Pines: Latino Labor and Forest Work in the Pacific Northwest, invited book talk, the University of Oregon, Portland, OR, March 13, 2012.

“The Politics of Field Work: Researching Pineros,” invited class lecture, Willamette University, Salem, OR, March 11, 2012.

“Pineros: Labor and Immigration in Oregon’s National Forests,” invited book talk, Willamette University, Salem, OR, March 11, 2012.

“What makes for Environmental Justice? Reconsidering Cases Written out of the Narrative,” invited paper, the Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, December 2, 2011.

“What Makes for Environmental Justice? Reconsidering Cases Written Out of the Narrative,” invited talk at the Berkeley Workshop on Environmental Politics, University of California, Berkeley, December 2, 2011.

“Pineros: Forest Labor in the Pacific Northwest,” invited talk at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, October 20, 2011.

“Farm and Forest Labor in Rural Oregon: A Comparative Study of Latino Worker Advocacy,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Community Development Society, Boise, ID, July 29, 2011.

Panel organizer: “Environmental Apartheid and Justice in the Inland Valley,” Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, March 11, 2011.

Panel organizer : “Bringing Critical Ethnic Studies to Environmental Studies,” Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, March 11, 2011.

Invited speaker, panel on nuclear waste following a screening of “Into Eternity,” Monroe Center for Social Inquiry and Science and Technology Studies, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, March 20, 2011.

“Rewriting the Environmental Justice Narrative: The Stringfellow Acid Pits and Community Participation in Environmental Regulation,” invited talk at the 5-College Environmental Analysis Luncheon, The Claremont Colleges, April 1, 2011.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

Visiting Fellow, Center for Place, Culture and Politics, City University of New York, fall 2011.

Morris K. Udall Dissertation Fellowship, 2005 (2 awarded nationally each year)

Additional Information

Personal Website

Curriculum Vitae

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