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Introduction

Hi folks!

I’m thrilled to participate in the HASTAC scholars program and get to know you savvy, creative, curious folks this year!

I’m a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Before graduate school I did non-profit work in environmental health, environmental justice, agriculture and publishing.  I’ve continued with these interests in school, and my research now explores environmental justice advocacy here in California.  My master’s work questioned common narratives about the importance of motherhood in driving women into environmental justice advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley (see Perkins 2012). My doctoral work is looking at the evolution of environmental justice advocacy over the last 30 years, with a focus on California. 

Before grad school, my nonprofit work focused on accessible writing and publishing as well as popular education, and I’ve built on these interests as a graduate student by experimenting with a variety of ways to bridge the campus-community divide.  This has included creating photo exhibits to accompany my scholarly research, organizing participatory theater events with research “subjects,” curating activist oral histories, creating teaching tools, and maintaining an environmental justice news feed an archive.  Much of this can be found at www.voicesfromthevalley.org.  I also post irregularly on my own blog at tracyperkins.org.

Some of my other HASTAC-related interests…

  • visual communication
  • social movements and political sociology
  • wordpress websites
  • open-access academic publishing
  • cross-over writing and publishing that targets academics AND the general public
  • photography
  • action research, digital humanities, participatory action research, etc. (I’ve got an article under review right now called “Participatory Action Research: Challenges for Graduate Students,” so I’m particularly interested in graduate student experiences with these alternative research methodologies)
  • theories of change
  • the politics of privacy and surveillance as they impact academic researchers
  • relationships between researchers and the people they research
  • community engagement

Be in touch if any of this matches your interests. Looking forward to our year together!

Tracy

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