Abigail Leigh Brown

TitlePhD Student
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department
Phone831-459-3516 (msg)
Email,
Web Site Personal Website
Water for the Ages
Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH)
OfficeCollege 8, Room 124
Office HoursEmail for office hours.
Campus Mail StopRachel Carson College Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA, CA
95064
Abigail Leigh Brown

Research Interests


  • Urban Sociology

  • Sociology of Development

  • Sociology of Gender

  • Water and Sanitation Justice

  • Water and Sanitation Infrastructure

  • Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

Biography, Education and Training


  • PhD Student, Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, Current

  • Master of Arts, Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, 2014

  • Master of Science, Water Resources Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, WA, 2010

  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 2006


Abigail Brown is a Sociology PhD student at University of California-Santa Cruz. Her areas of interest include urban water and sanitation access, water and sanitation infrastructure, urban planning and international development, and water and gender. She is interested in understanding how marginalized people (e.g. low-income residents, migrants, and homeless individuals) in cities are impacted by water and sanitation infrastructure problems, and how they act as agents of change in improving infrastructure. She recently finished a team project evaluating equitable participation in groundwater decision-making in a drought-stricken California community, and her master’s project focused on empowerment and gender equality around water and sanitation in rural India. She is currently conducting research on urban water and sanitation systems in France. Abigail is a board member of Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human (PHLUSH). Her experience in the water sector for the past ten years include positions evaluating surface and groundwater policies with state water agencies and teaching about water issues and conducting watershed restoration with non-profit organizations.

Teaching Interests


  • SOC 173 - Water and Sanitation Justice - Course Development Team and Teaching Assistant, UCSC (Spring 2017)

  • LGST/POLI 132 - California Water Law and Policy - Teaching Assistant, UCSC (Spring 2015)

  • LGST/POLI 132 - California Water Law and Policy - Reader, UCSC (Winter 2014)

  • Socy 105A - Classical Sociological Theory - Teaching Assistant, UCSC (Fall 2013)

  • Socy 125, Society & Nature - Reader, UCSC (Fall 2012)