Alex Huezo

Research expertise: environmental justice studies, war on drugs, U.S. militarism, Latin American studies, ethnography, geospatial analysis

Alexander David Huezo, UCI assistant professor of global and international studies, conducts research on the transnational dimensions of environmental racism and justice. Specifically, he studies how Afro-descendent communities in the Pacific Region of Colombia resist the war on drugs as well as other socio-environmental issues. He is also interested in how rights granted to natural entities – such as rivers – impact environmental justice communities. His research, supported by the Social Science Research Council and several institutional fellowships, has been published in World Development, the Journal of Political Ecology, and the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies



Huezo earned his bachelor’s in political science and master’s in Latin American studies at UCLA and his Ph.D. in global and sociocultural studies at Florida International University. He’s previously been a lecturer within the Cal State system and the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego. Most recently, he was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley. As a lifelong educator, he’s excited to work with UCI’s diverse student population both in the classroom and through research.

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