Assistant Professor of Environmental Analysis
Pitzer College
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
Email: brinda underscore sarathy at


Brinda Sarathy is assistant professor of environmental analysis at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She is the author of one book and several articles on immigration, race, and natural resource management. She is also co-editor of a volume on participatory research and community management of natural resources.

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.