Tracy E Perkins

TitlePhD Candidate
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentSociology Department
AffiliationsCenter for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California
Phone831-459-3516 (msg)
Web Site Personal Website
Voices from the Valley
Curriculum Vitae
OfficeCollege Eight, Room 332
Campus Mail StopCollege Eight Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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Research Interests

Environmental justice
Climate Change
Social Movements
Political Sociology

Biography, Education and Training

University of California, Santa Cruz. Department of Sociology — M.A., 2010.

University of California, Davis. Community Development Graduate Group, Human and Community Development Department — M.S., 2008.

University of California, Berkeley. Development Studies, International and Area Studies Teaching Program, — B.A., Distinction in General Scholarship, 2003.

Honors, Awards and Grants

HASTAC Scholar 2014 (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory organized by Duke University and the University of California Humanities Research Institute).

Hammett Graduate Fellowship, Environmental Studies Department, UC Santa Cruz (2013).

Winner of the 2011 Graduate Student Paper Competition for the Conflict, Social Action and Change Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for the paper “Explaining Women’s Activism: Rethinking the Women’s Environmental Justice Narrative in California’s San Joaquin Valley.”

Winner of the 2011 Robert Dentler Student Achievement Award given by the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology for the "25 Stories from the Central Valley" project.

Community Outreach and Teaching Grant, UC California Studies Consortium, UC Humanities Research Institute (2010-2011). With Flora Lu and Julie Sze.

Research and outreach grant, Center on Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UC Santa Cruz (2010).

Community Outreach and Teaching Grant, UC California Studies Initiative, UC Humanities Research Institute (2008-2009). With Julie Sze.

Regent’s Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz (fall 2008, winter, 2009, spring 2009).

Community Partnership Grant, American Studies Association (2008-2009). With Julie Sze.

Consortium for Women and Research Graduate Research Award, UC Davis (2008).

Orville and Erna Thompson Travel Award, UC Davis (2007, 2008).

Henry A. Jastro and Peter J. Shields Graduate Research Scholarship, UC Davis (2007).

Fellow, US-Brazil Consortium on Agroecology and Sustainable Rural Development, UC Berkeley (2003).

Selected Publications

Perkins, Tracy. Forthcoming. “On Becoming a Public Sociologist: Amplifying Women's Voices in the Quest for Environmental Justice.” In Sociologists in Action on Inequalities: Race, Class and Gender. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.

Perkins, Tracy. 2012. "Review of Kivalina: A Climate Change Story." Race, Gender and Class, 19(1-2):197-199.

Perkins, Tracy. 2012. “Women’s Pathways Into Activism: Rethinking the Women’s Environmental Justice Narrative in California’s San Joaquin Valley.” Organization & Environment, 25(1):76-94.

Perkins, Tracy and Julie Sze. 2011. “Images from the the Central Valley.” Boom: A Journal of California, 1(1):70-80.

Perkins, Tracy. 2005. “More Than Profit,” LEISA Magazine, 21(2):12-13. (reprinted in Spanish, French and English for regional versions of Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture Magazine).

Selected Presentations

“Climate Justice Advocacy in the Global North: The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.” Rethinking Development in Light of Climate Change Conference at UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA, October 27, 2012.

“Participatory Action Research: Challenges for Graduate Students.” Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section pre-conference workshop before the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, August 19, 2011.

“Crossing the Great Divide: Scholars and Environmental Justice Groups Working Together.” Latino and Latin American Studies 164, Environmental Justice, taught by Flora Lu at UC Santa Cruz, April 5, 2011.

“Becoming Political: Women and Environmental Justice in California’s Central Valley.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 9, 2009.

Teaching Interests

Classical and contemporary sociological theory, research methods, environmental health and justice, international development, social movements, food and agriculture, communications.

Primary Instructor experience:

Environmental Inequalities - Sociology Department (winter 2012)

Women and Work - Sociology Department (winter 2014)

Teaching Assistant experience:

Introduction to Sociology - Sociology Department (fall 2009 and fall 2012)

Social Problems - Sociology Department (spring 2012)

World Society: Origins and Consequences of Globalization - Sociology Department (winter 2010)

Classical Sociological Theory - Sociology Department (fall 2011)

Contemporary Sociological Theory - Sociology Department (winter 2013)

Logic and Methods of Social Inquiry - Sociology Department (spring 2010, spring 2011)

Politics and Society: Concepts and Methods - Latino and Latin American Studies Department (winter 2011)

Race and Justice - Sociology and Legal Studies Departments (fall 2010)