CV

Erica Zurawski

curriculum vitae last updated spring 2020

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz, currently

Advisors: Julie Guthman, Hillary Angelo, Lindsey Dillon, Miriam Greenberg

Research Interests: Food Studies, Sociology of Environment, Black Geographies


J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2013

International and Comparative Law Concentration


B.A., Spanish, Communication Arts-Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010

Global Cultures Certificate; Leadership Certificate


Awards & Grants

2020 | AAG Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group Graduate Research Award

2019-Present | UC Global Food Initiative Fellowship Recipient

2018-Present | UC Santa Cruz Science & Justice Training Program Fellow

2019 | UCSC Graduate Student Association Student Travel Grant

2019 | Association for the Study of Food & Society Local Event Grant

2018 | Association for the Study of Food & Society Student Travel Grant

2018 | Graduate Association of Food Studies Conference Student Travel Award

2018 | UCSC Graduate Student Association Student Travel Grant

2018 | American Sociological Association Student Forum Travel Award

2018 | Association for the Study of Food & Society Student Travel Grant

2018 | Summer Fellowship, University of California Santa Cruz

2017 | Regents’ Fellowship, University of California Santa Cruz

2017 | Sociology Department Fellowship, University of California Santa Cruz

2013 | Student Travel Grant, Willem C. Vis International Moot, East Asian Legal Studies Center, University of Wisconsin Law School

Publications

Guthman, Julie, and Erica Zurawski. 2020. ‘If I need to put more armor on, I can’t carry more guns’: the collective action problem of breeding for productivity in the California strawberry industry. The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. 26, 1 (May 2020), 69-88.

Zurawski, Erica. 2018. The Phenomenon of the Park Slope Food Coop: The Stakes of De-Politicized Monotony. Graduate Journal of Food Studies 5, no. 2. https://gradfoodstudies.org/2018/12/11/the-phenomenon-of-the-park-slope/

Zurawski, Erica. 2017. Review of Abbots, Emma-Jayne. The Agency of Eating: Mediation, Food, and the Body. Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. ix, 192 pp.  In the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1. https://gradfoodstudies.org/2018/06/01/review-the-agency-of-eating/

Conference Activity & Participation

Conferences Co-Organized

May 2019 | The Futures of Critical Food Studies, University of California Santa Cruz

Panels Organized

June 2019 | “Conversations on Scholar-Activism and Public-Facing Scholarship in Food Studies,” Association for the Study of Food & Society Conference, University of Alaska, Anchorage

Papers Presented

April 2020 | “Why are we stuck in the (colonial) desert? Interrogating the Staying Power of the Food Desert Metaphor” at the American Association of Geographers 2020 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO (Accepted, but conference cancelled due to COVID-19).

June 2019 | “‘The Desert Shall Blossom as the Rose’: Linking Settler Colonialism, Environmental Racism, and Food Justice Organizing in North Denver” at the Agriculture, Food, And Human Values Society / Association for the Study of Food and Society 2019 Annual Meeting, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Anchorage, AK 

October 2018 | “From Gold Rush to Reefer Madness: Linking Colonialism, Commodity Flows, and Gentrification Within Denver’s Food Justice Organizing” presented at the Graduate Association for Food Studies Future of Food Studies Conference, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

August 2018 | “The Politics of Consumption and Production: Moving Beyond ‘Justice’ in Food Justice Organizing” presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

August 2018 | “Politics of Consumption vs. Politics of Production: A Dialectic Framework to Comparatively Analyze Food Justice and Food Sovereignty Organizing” presented at the ASA Consumers & Consumption Section Mini-Conference, Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ

June 2018 | “Politics of Consumption vs. Politics of Production: A Dialectic Analysis of Food Access Organizing” presented at the Agriculture, Food, And Human Values Society / Association for the Study of Food and Society 2018 Annual Meeting, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistantships & Readerships

Winter 2020 Teaching Assistant, Cmmu 145: Global Capitalism, UCSC

Fall 2019 Teaching Assistant, Socy 105A: Classical Social Theory, UCSC

Spring 2019 Teaching Assistant, Socy 105B: Contemporary Social Theory, UCSC

Winter 2019 Teaching Assistant, Socy 105A: Classical Social Theory, UCSC

Fall 2018 Teaching Assistant, Cmmu 149: Political Economy of Food & Agriculture

Summer 2018 Teaching Assistant, Envs 147: Environmental Injustice/Inequity, UCSC

Winter 2018 Teaching Assistant, Socy 105B: Contemporary Social Theory, UCSC

Fall 2017 Reader, Socy 185: Environmental Inequalities, UCSC

Guest Lectures

Fall 2019 | Guest Lecturer on George Herbert Mead & W.E.B. Du Bois in “Classical Social Theory,” Department of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Winter 2019 | Guest Lecturer on George Herbert Mead & W.E.B. Du Bois in “Classical Social Theory,” Department of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Summer 2018 | Guest Lecturer on Food Justice & Food Sovereignty in “Environmental Injustice/Inequity,” Department of Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Fall 2017 | Guest Lecturer on Food Injustice & Food Sovereignty in “Environmental Inequalities,” Department of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz

Other Teaching Experience

2008 – 2010 | Member Trainer & Committee Chair, Student Consultants and Speaker’s Bureau

2008 – 2009 | Founder & Teacher, Students Advancing in Leadership

2007 – 2008 | Co-Teacher & Committee Chair, Emerging Leaders Program

Research Experience

Summer 2019 | Graduate Student Researcher, Dr. Julie Guthman

2012 – 2013 | Competitor, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Summer 2011 | Intern to the Honorable Judge Higginbotham, Wisconsin Court of Appeals

University Service

2019 – Present | Graduate Advising Committee, UC Santa Cruz Sociology Department

2013 | Student Bar Association 3L Graduation Speaker Selection Committee Chair, University of Wisconsin Law School

2011 – 2013 | Law School Student Ambassador & Tour Guide

2010 – 2013 | Student Bar Association Class Representative, University of Wisconsin Law School

Service & Involvement in Profession

2019 – Present | Research Mentor, Pathways2Research, EOP, UCSC

2019 – Present | Co-President, Graduate Association for Food Studies

2018 – Present | Program Fellow, Science & Justice Training Program at UC Santa Cruz

2018 – Present | Member, University of California Santa Cruz Agri-Food Working Group

2017 – Present | Peer Reviewer, Graduate Association for Food Studies Journal

2012 – 2013 | Note & Comment Editor, Wisconsin Law Review, University of Wisconsin Law School

2012 – 2013 | Malt & Barley Editor, Wisconsin Law Review, University of Wisconsin Law School

2011 – 2013 | Member, Wisconsin Law Review, University of Wisconsin Law School

2008 – 2010 | Volunteer, Legal Information Center

Professional Association Memberships

2019 – Present | American Association of Geographers

2017 – Present | Association for the Study of Food and Society

2013 – 2019 | American Bar Association

2013 – 2017 | State Bar of Wisconsin

Additional Professional Experience

Food Distribution Intern & Administrative Assistant, The GrowHaus Denver April 2016 – June 2017

Assistant Director of Events & Administration, University of Wisconsin Law School Research Centers December 2014 – August 2015

Project Coordinator, University of Wisconsin Law School East Asian Legal Studies Center August 2013 – September 2015

Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin Law School Admissions Office August 2012 – August 2013

Legal Intern, Satyapon & Partners, LLC June 2012 – August 2012