Rodrigo Alatriste-Diaz

Ph.D. Candidate, Development Sociology

Rodrigo Alatriste-Diaz graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2005 with a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Latino/a Studies. Prior to graduate school he worked with community organizations in Los Angeles, CA. His master’s thesis focused on pre-migration political socialization among Mexican hometown association members.

My current research and teaching interest include: environmental sociology, sociology of health, and immigration. I focus on how racial and class relations manifest in environmental politics. I use qualitative and quantitative methods to study the juncture of social inequality and environment, particularly in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

In three essays, my dissertation examines (1) social exclusion and marginalization of rural unincorporated communities near urban areas; (2) health outcomes in the urban periphery, and (3) the legacy of the Farmworker Movement on the emergence of Environmental Justice (EJ) communities in the San Joaquin Valley.

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