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Sara Bruene
Sara Bruene

Research Interests: Sara was awarded her BA from UNLV. Having studied in Hamburg, Bangkok, and Bangalore, she focused her studies on global development, sociology, and economics. 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 qualitative analysis examining the relationship between food deserts, supermarkets, and identity. Sara’s 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 presented her research at the CSA, PSA, SSSP, and the ASA. 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 awarded the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship for the PhD program in sociology at UC Riverside.

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