Sociology Graduate Students

Erica Zurawski
  • Title
    • PhD Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Science & Justice Research Center
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, Remote
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Critical Food Studies; Urban Sociology; Legal Geographies; Spatial Imaginaries & Spatial Justice; Uneven Development & Geographies of Exclusion

Honors, Awards and Grants


2022 | UCSC Science & Justice Research Center Building Diversity Fellow

2022 | UCSC Graduate Dean’s Research Travel Grant

2020 | UCSC Sociology Department Research and Travel Award

2020 | AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Graduate Research Award

2019 | UC Global Food Initiative Fellowship Recipient

2018 | UC Santa Cruz Science & Justice Training Program Fellow

2019 | UCSC Graduate Student Association Student Travel Grant

2019 | Association for the Study of Food & Society Local Event Grant

Selected Publications

2020.    Guthman, Julie and Erica Zurawski. “‘If I need to put more armor on, I can’t carry more guns’: the collective action problem of breeding for productivity in the California strawberry industry.” The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food 26(1).


2018.    Zurawski, Erica. “The Phenomenon of the Park Slope Food Coop: The Stakes of De-Politicized Monotony.” Graduate Journal of Food Studies 5, no. 2.


2017.    Zurawski, Erica. Review of Abbots, Emma-Jayne. The Agency of Eating: Mediation, Food, and the Body. Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. ix, 192 pp.  In the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1.

Teaching Interests


Instructor of Record

Contemporary Social Theory (Summer 2021, Summer 2022)

Teaching Assistantships & Readerships

Classical Social Theory (Fall 2021, Fall 2019, Winter 2019)

Contemporary Social Theory (Spring 2022, Winter 2022, Spring 2021, Winter 2021, Spring 2019, Winter 2018)

Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2020)

Social Psychology (Summer 2020)

Community Analysis for Global Health (Spring 2020)

Global Capitalism (Winter 2020)

Political Economy of Food & Agriculture (Fall 2018)

Environmental Injustice/Inequity (Summer 2018)

Environmental Inequalities (Fall 2017)

Pedagogical  Training

Spring 2022 | Pedagogy of Sociology Course

Spring 2021 | Certificate in Course Design & Delivery, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Leadership, UCSC 

Winter 2021 | Certificate in Teaching Disciplinary Writing, Center for Innovation in Teaching and Leadership, UCSC