Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar
Departments of Geography, and Women’s and Gender Studies
Cristina Faiver-Serna is a first-generation college and doctoral graduate. She is an interdisciplinary Chicana feminist and critical environmental justice scholar. Broadly, she is interested in the ways in which the historical systems of settler colonialism and racial capitalism in las Américas spatially manifest in environmental and racial violence, and importantly, how such violence is resisted through life-making and world-building ecologies. Her current research project examines the geographic relationships between the U.S. public health safety-net, the science and policy of environmental regulation, gendered labor, and structural processes of racialization in Latina/o/x communities in Southern California. This project grew out of her practical work as a public health professional in Los Angeles County, working alongside promotoras de salud on the frontlines of environmental injustice. Faiver-Serna earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon, an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a B.A. in Latina/o studies from the University of Michigan.