brindaAssociate Professor of Environmental Analysis
Director, Robert Redford Conservancy
Pitzer College
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Email: brinda_sarathy at pitzer.edu
Brinda Sarathy is associate professor of environmental analysis at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She is the author of two books and several articles on society and the environment, including natural resource management, labor, and environmental justice.
Her book, Pineros: Latino Labour and the Changing Face of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest (University of British Columbia Press, 2012), provides a social history of Latino immigrants and forestry in the Pacific Northwest, and a comparative analysis of pineros today with Anglo loggers and tree-planters from prior decades.
In her current project, Sarathy focuses on issues of environmental justice, particularly in cases of community mobilization around toxic waste. She explores some key cases, including those that have been largely unheralded in the conventional narrative of environmental justice, to highlight the important ways in which race, class, and gender intersect–not only in how communities are differentially affected, but also the ways in which they mobilize against toxic waste.
Sarathy received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in 2006 from the University of California, Berkeley, and has held fellowships at The CUNY Graduate Center and the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UCMEXUS). Her research on pineros has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the Rural Sociological Society, the Morris K. Udall Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.