Mayra Sanchez

Position Title
Graduate Student in Geography with D.E in Feminist Theory and Research



I am a PhD Candidate in Geography.  I earned my BS in Psychology from ITESO in Guadalajara, Mexico, and my MS in Child Development and MS in Community Development from UC Davis.  My dissertation research looks at how people come to care for the latent, long-term, and transgenerational effects to the everyday and cumulative exposure to toxic synthetic pesticides used in California agriculture, particularly within Central Coast.  I explore how people live with the pervasiveness of agrotoxins, how they feel vulnerable and affected by these across temporal and spatial scales, and analyze everyday forms of caring as well as the engagement with alternative possibilities. 

Research interests: feminist theory, political ecology, environmental risks, environmental justice, pollution, discard and waste, vulnerability, reproduction, ethics of care, gender