Sociology Graduate Students

Kyle Rod Galindez
  • Title
    • Graduate Student
  • Division Graduate Studies Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 211
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College
  • Mailing Address
    • Rachel Carson College

Summary of Expertise

I am broadly interested in exploring the categories, methods, and cartographies through which we can anaylze historically specific processes of capitalist urbanization in light of Henri Lefebvre's "planetary urbanization" hypothesis. My research investigates the interactions between capital, the state, and social movements, examining how these interactions produce particular urban-environmental ideologies and how they are factors in driving urbanization. My dissertation explores these topics through an historical-comparative study of the island of Guam.
I draw on six decades of documents produced by the military, urban policy makers, and social movements. The project aims to unsettle prevailing notions of what urbanization is, how we ought to approach the nexus of urban and environmental problems, and to advance contemporary debates on the epistemological foundations for critical urban theory today. 

Research Interests

Urbanization; Nature; Politics and the State; Ideology, Imaginaries, Fantasy; Oceania and Pacific Studies; Historical Sociology; Qualitative Methods 




Biography, Education and Training

BA, Sociology - University of Cincinnati (2011)

MA, Sociology - University of Cincinnati (2014)

Reviewer - Environmental Sociology (2016) 

Certificate in Disciplinary Communication for Sociology (Fall 2018)

Co-Assistant Editor: ASA Community and Urban Sociology Newsletter (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

Graduate Student Representative: ASA Community and Urban Sociology (2019-2020)





Honors, Awards and Grants

Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Program - $5000 research grant (UC Santa Cruz, 2017)


Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship (UC Santa Cruz, 2015 - 2021)


Charles Phelps Taft Undergraduate Senior Research Fellow Award - $3000 award (University of Cincinnati, 2011)


Horace J. Wolf Prize for outstanding graduating undergraduate  (University of Cincinnati, 2011)

 

“Most Likely to Start a Revolution,” sociology graduate student awards (University of Cincinnati; 2014)


 

Selected Publications

Book Review of Civil Unrest and Governance in Hong kong: Law and Order from Historical and Cultural Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) edited by Michael H.K. Ng and John D Wong in Asian Journal of Law and Society

I am also a published fantasy author. My first novel, The Spirit of a Rising Sun, will be published by Authors 4 Authors Publishing in Spring 2020.

 

Selected Presentations

"Planetary Urbanization, Nature, and the Geographies of Militarism on Guam" at the 5th annual conference of the World-Ecology Research Network, "Planetary Utopias, Capitalist Dystopias: Justice, Nature and the Liberation of Life." San Francisco, CA. June 1, 2019. 

 

"Urbanization and Militarism on Guam: A Lefebvrian Perspective." Panelist. "Beyond the Limits of the City: Theory and Method in Urban Borderlands." American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. April 5, 2019. 

 

"Urbanization and Nature on a Militarized Island: Guam, 1963 to the Present" at the Global Mertropolitan Studies' Bay Area Comparative Urban Politics Workshop, UC Berkeley. March 22, 2019. 



“The Political Ecology of Military Urbanization on Guam" at the Memorial Conference Celebrating the Life & Work of James Richard O’Connor: 30 Years of Capitalism, Nature, Socialism. UCSC. Santa, Cruz, CA. June, 2018.


“Russian Colonization in Shaping the Origins of the Aral Sea Tragedy, 1860-1917” at the 6th Annual UCLA History Graduate Students Association Conference, “Contexts of Crisis: Danger, Opportunity, and the Unknown.” UCLA. Los Angeles, CA. April, 2017

"Keep Calm and Go (Communist?) Camping: Practicing Alternatives to Capitalism" at the UC Santa Cruz Brain, Mind and Consciousness Society annual conference; Santa Cruz, CA, April, 2016 


"Defend Mother Earth! ...and Sign My Petition? Metaphors, Tactics, and Environmental Movements" at the North Central Sociological Annual Meeting; Cincinnati, OH, 2014 

Teaching Interests

Courses taught:

SOCY 15 World Society (UC-Santa Cruz; Summer I 2017; Sumer II 2018)
SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology (University of Cincinnati; Fall 2014) 
SOC 153 Sociology in a Global Context (Miami University - Middletown; Fall 2014; Spring 2015)
SOC 3007 Environmental Sociology (University of Cincinnati; Spring 2014; Spring 2015) 

 

Teaching Assistant:

SOCY 196A Sociology Capstone (UC-Santa Cruz; Spring 2019)

SOCY 105A Classical Social Theory (UC-Santa Cruz; Fall 2018; Winter 2019)

SOCY 15 World Society (UC-Santa Cruz; Fall 2017)

SOCY 177E Eco-Metropolis (UC-Santa Cruz; Winter 2017)

SOC 1001 Introduction to Sociology (University of Cincinnati; Fall 2012; Fall 2013)

SOC 3041 Sociology of Education (University of Cincinnati; Spring 2013)

 

Reader:

SOCY 111 Family and Society (UC-Santa Cruz; Spring 2019)

SOCY 176A Work and Society (UC-Santa Cruz; Spring 2017)

SOCY 178Z Sociology of Disability (UC-Santa Cruz; Summer 2016)
SOCY 126 Sociology of Sexualty (UC-Santa Cruz; Fall 2015; Summer 2016) 
SOCY 119 Sociology of Knowledge (UC-Santa Cruz; Winter 2016)

Guest Lecturer:

Marx, Dubois and Race (SOCY 105A Classical Social Theory, Fall 2018)
Marx, Dubois and Race (SOCY 105A Classical Social Theory, Winter 2019)