Cristina Faiver-Serna

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar
Phone: (603) 862-3252
Office: UNH Geography, Huddleston Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

I am a Chicana ethnic studies scholar and feminist geographer. My areas of expertise include Chicanx and Latinx studies, women of color feminisms, environmental justice studies, and public health. I am currently researching and writing on environmental racism in the Los Angeles Harbor region of Southern California. My work examines the spatial and scalar relationships and disjunctures between air pollution regulation, the U.S. health care safety-net, the mother-work of promotoras de salud, and the (im)possibilities for environmental justice in a racial capitalist landscape designed for the never-ending expansion of global trade. As both a researcher and teacher, I am invested in collaborative intellectual projects that disrupt hegemonic knowledge formations in the academy and beyond it.


  • Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • M.P.H., University of Michigan
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Black feminist and womanist theories
  • Black radicalism and resistance
  • Community Health
  • Critical race theory
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Feminist and queer theory
  • Health Disparities
  • Human-environment geography
  • Latino studies
  • Public Health
  • Social Geography

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 581: Society, Envt and Justice

Selected Publications

Bruno, T., & Faiver-Serna, C. (2022). More Reflections on a White Discipline. The Professional Geographer, 74(1), 156-161. doi:10.1080/00330124.2021.1915822

Faiver-Serna, C. (2021). Geographies of Environmental Justice: Capitalism, Pollution, and Public Health in Southern California. In M. Mascarenhas (Ed.), Lessons in Environmental Justice From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter and Idle No More (pp. 147-163). SAGE Publications. Retrieved from

Pulido, L., Bruno, T., Faiver-Serna, C., & Galentine, C. (2019). Environmental Deregulation, Spectacular Racism, and White Nationalism in the Trump Era. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 109(2), 520-532. doi:10.1080/24694452.2018.1549473