Department of Sociology
 Department of Sociology

Emily Spangenberg

M.A., The University of Texas at Austin



political sociology, qualitative methods, environmental inequality, geospatial (GIS) analysis, Latin America


Emily Spangenberg is a doctoral student in Sociology and graduate fellow of the department's Ethnography Lab.  Emily researches the politics and perceptions of environmental inequality.  With a particular focus on Latin America, Emily's work documents the processes of naming -- and negating -- environmental and health risks associated with mining activity.  She will spend much of 2014 in northwestern Argentina researching residents' perceptions of risk related to chemical processing of minerals in an industrial city, part of a comparative study funded by the National Science Foundation.  Emily uses ethnographic and geospatial methods to analyze people's conceptions of their local environments and sources of contamination. 

Before entering the PhD program, Emily completed her MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  During this time, she worked extensively with UT's Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice as a Lozano Long Graduate Fellow. Her thesis research examined state and lay discourse on lead poisoning related to smelting activity in a mining town in Argentina, finding that attributions of health and illness often reflected ethnic and class discrimination.

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