Research Interests: Sara Bruene is a 2nd year Ph.D. student who studies political economy, global development, social injustices, and social change. In her master’s program in the department of sociology at California State University, Northridge, she focused on food injustices. Her past research includes a case study with Los Angeles street vendors, a quantitative analysis of the marginalization of undocumented farm laborers of California, as well as a GIS analysis of food deserts throughout California. Sara’s CSUN master’s thesis, titled “Food Security and Global Climate Change: A Comparative Analysis of Farmers of Californian Almonds, Ethiopian Coffee, and Indonesian Coconut,” utilized a cross-national comparison to explore the human responses to global climate change under social, economic, and political contexts. She has studied in Hamburg, Bangkok, and Bangalore and has backpacked over 30 countries. Sara is a 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholar. She was awarded the Elizabeth Nelson Award for the Distinguished Graduate Student from the California Sociological Association in 2018. Most recently, Sara was an honorable mention for the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship and awarded the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship for the PhD program in sociology at UC Riverside.
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