Teaching Team

Environmental Injustice Teaching Team

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EiJ Teaching Team: Kim Fortun

Kim Fortun is a Professor in the University of California Irvine’s Department of Anthropology. Her research and teaching focus on environmental risk and disaster, and on experimental ethnographic methods and research design. Her research has examined how people in different geographic and organizational contexts understand environmental problems, uneven distributions of environmental health risks, developments in the environmental health sciences, and factors that contribute to disaster vulnerability. 

EiJ Teaching Team: Prerna Srigyan

I am a Ph.D. researcher based at UC Irvine's Department of Anthropology. I work on science pedagogy and advocacy, focusing on environmental education and communication. As part of the Teaching Team, I am committed to learning about California communities and how the stresses and vulnerabilities these communities face have a transnational aspect.  

I did my BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Delhi. I then did my MA in Environment and Development at Ambedkar University Delhi, an interdisciplinary field made by connecting ecological and statistical sciences, political ecology, environmental history, and development studies.

Right now, I work within a range of projects in the PECE universe like The Asthma Files and Transnational COVID-19

EiJ Teaching Team: Kaitlyn Rabach

Kaitlyn Rabach is a third-year PhD researcher in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Gender Studies from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, as well as a M.A. in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London.

Kaitlyn joined the Teaching Team in 2019 with a particular interest in collaborative pedagogy and teaching through place-based research. Her current project focuses on the intersections of Catholicism, (il)liberalism, and political participation in the Republic of Ireland. 

Kaitlyn is currenlty based in Nesso, Italy. Contact: krabach@uci.edu

EiJ Teaching Team: Maggie Woodruff

Maggie Woodruff is a second-year PhD researcher in the Department of Anthropology and a 3L student in the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Maggie joined the Teaching Team in 2020 with an interest in collaborative community research and practice, ecological law, and the regulation of public space. Her current project focuses on the construction/placing/governance of unsheltered people in public, and the related practice of public interest law.

Maggie is currenlty based in Southern California. Contact: woodruff@uci.edu

EiJ Teaching Team: Tim Schütz

Tim Schütz is a second-year PhD researcher in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He studied Communication, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen and Bahcesehir University Istanbul. He also holds an MA in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Tim joined the Teaching Team in 2019 with a particular interest in teaching civic environmental data, including mapping and visualization techniques. As a member of the Design Team for the Platform for Collaborative Ethnography (PECE), he focuses on project architecture and coordinating community outreach.

Tim is currenlty based in Taipei, Taiwan. Contact: tschuetz [at] uci.edu

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