Sociology Graduate Students

Erica Zurawski
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Science & Justice Research Center
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 124
  • Office Hours Tuesday, 12:00-2:00, Rachel Carson College Room 322
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Food Inequality & Food Access; Sociology of Food; Food Studies; Urban Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Social Movements; Urban Geography; Geographies of Race & Space; Decolonization and Postcolonialism; Feminist Geographies

Biography, Education and Training

University of California, Santa Cruz 

Ph.D. Student, Sociology, 2017-present


University of Wisconsin

Juris Doctor, 2010-2013

International & Comparative Law Concentration Certificate


University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., Communication Arts-Rhetoric; Spanish Literature, 2006-2010

Global Cultures Certificate; Leadership Certificate

Honors, Awards and Grants

Awards & Grants

UC Santa Cruz Science & Justice Training Program Fellow, 2018-Present

Graduate Association of Food Studies Conference Student Travel Award, 2018

American Sociological Association Student Forum Travel Award, 2018

Association for the STudy of Food and Society Student Travel Stipend, 2018

Summer Fellowship, 2018 (UC Santa Cruz)

Regents’ Fellowship, 2017 (UC Santa Cruz)

Sociology Department Fellowship, 2017 (UC Santa Cruz)

Student Travel Grant, Willem C. Vis International Moot, East Asian Legal Studies Center, 2013 (University of Wisconsin Law School)

Student Travel Grant, East Asian Legal Studies Center, 2012 (University of Wisconsin Law School)

Selected Publications

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.

Selected Presentations

“The Politics of Consumption and Production: Moving Beyond ‘Justice’ in Food Justice Organizing” to be presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2018


“Politics of Consumption vs. Politics of Production: A Dialectic Framework to Comparatively Analyze Food Justice and Food Sovereignty Organizing” to be presented at the ASA Consumers & Consumption Section Mini-Conference, Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ, August 2018


“Politics of Consumption vs. Politics of Production: A Dialectic Analysis of Food Access Organizing” to be presented at the Agriculture, Food, And Human Values Society / Association for the Study of Food and Society 2018 Annual Meeting, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, June 2018

Teaching Interests

Teaching Assistant

Fall 2018      Teaching Assistant, Cmmu 149: Political Economy of Food & Agriculture

Summer 2018      Teaching Assistant, Envs 147: Environmental Injustice/Inequity, UCSC

Winter 2018      Teaching Assistant, Socy 105B: Contemporary Social Theory, UCSC



Fall 2017         Reader, Socy 185: Environmental Inequalities, UCSC