Sociology Graduate Students

Stephen Andrew Sepaniak
  • Title
    • Graduate Student and Researcher
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • In Absentia - Winter and Spring 2017
    • Rachel Carson, 338
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz, CA CA 95064

Research Interests

I am especially motivated to develop a deeper understanding of how low-income residents and low-budgt organizations negotiate conditions of water scarcity. My current work in Nepal involves working with existing organizations to better understand the impacts of the Melamchi Diversion Project and to promote fair and equitable, pro-poor development through participatory action research. This current project builds on a broader set of water justice themes that interest me, including fairness and equity in water transfers and the protection of aboriginal water rights. 

GSR: Assessing California's Special Act Groundwater Districts; PI: Dr. Ruth Langridge, 2015-16.

Teaching Interests

Teaching Assistant, UCSC

Numerous Courses TA'd including:

SOCY 1: Intro to Sociology

SOCY 15: World Society

SOCY 103A (Now 3A): Logic and Methods of Social Research

SOCY 103B (Now 3b): Statistics for Social Research 

SOCY 105A: Classical Theory

SOCY 105B: Contemporary Theory

SOCY 173: Sociology of Water/Water Justice

SOCY 179: Nature, Poverty, Progress (Int'l Dev. and Env.)