Cristina Faiver-Serna

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Office: Hamilton Smith Hall Room G49D, Durham, NH 03824
Pronouns: She/her/hers

I am a first-generation Chicana feminist geographer. My areas of expertise include critical human geography, Chicanx and Latinx studies, women of color feminisms, environmental justice, and public health. My current research and writing projects examine the environmental racism experienced by Latinx communities in the Los Angeles Harbor region of Southern California. I am particularly interested in the community and public health response to air pollution and environmental degradation. Both in research and pedagogy I am invested in collaborative intellectual projects that disrupt hegemonic knowledge formations in the academy and beyond it.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 581: Society, Envt and Justice


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

Research Interests

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

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 https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/lessons-in-environmental-justice/book260893

  • 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