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Laura Pulido

Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-2426
Office: KAP 448e

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Ph.D. , University of California, Los Angeles

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Pulido researches race, environmental justice, Chicana/o Studies, critical human geography, and Los Angeles. She studies how various groups experience racial and class oppression, how these experiences differ among particular communities of color, and how they mobilize to create a more socially-just world. Asking such questions, Professor Pulido has done extensive work in the field of environmental justice, social movements, labor studies, and radical tourism. Currently, she is working on several projects. First, she is exploring what it means for Los Angeles to be built over the communities and cultures of previous residents - both indigenous and Mexican. In particular, she is examining the landscape as a way of connecting the city to its history of racial violence. Second, she is researching environmental racism and the failure of the state to protect communities of color from severe pollution. Using a political ecology approach, she is investigating exactly how and where the state fails in this neoliberal moment and what alternatives might be available to activists. Lastly, she has begun a new project that examines the degree to which the U.S. nation relies on Mexico as its Other to enhance its sense of superiority.

Research Specialties

Critical human geography, environmental justice, comparative ethnic studies, Chicana/o Studies, Los Angeles, critical tourism
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