American Studies
American Studies

Karla Peña


Provost's Early Career Fellow
Karla Peña

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Interests


Social Movements, Food Studies, Agrarian Studies, Latin American Studies, LatinX Studies, Critical Geographies, Digital Humanities, Ethnography

Biography


Karla Peña is a Provost’s Early Career Fellow in the Department of American Studies (2021-2023). She is a rural and environmental sociologist with longstanding research on agrarian social movements in Latin America. Her new research at UT Austin is a transnational study that traces the banana from Ecuador to California to underscore how race, environmental health, and justice are linked across the Americas. Peña earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge, a M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, and is slated to complete her doctoral degree in Development Sociology from Cornell University in late 2021. She will teach AMS 370 Food and Power in Spring 2022.

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