Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez

Professor Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

562.907.4200, ext. 4353
rovermyer@whittier.edu

 

 

 

Academic History

B.A., San Francisco State University
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Academic Focus

  • Class & Gender
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology of Development
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Movements

Bio

I teach courses in racial and ethnic relations, urban politics and environmental justice, indigenous peoples social movements, and third world economic development. For many years I conducted research on Mexican indigenous peoples social movements and their relationship to the government, with a particular focus on an indigenous peoples organization in the state of Guerrero. This work culminated in my 2010 book, Folkloric Poverty: Neoliberal Multiculturalism in Mexico. My current research focuses on environmental justice and environmental regulation in California. Like my earlier work in Mexico, I am interested in the complicated relationship between community organizations and the state and its agents (elected representatives, agency officials, technical staff) as communities and the state try to work together to protect the environment and public health from industrial polluters. I am a community organizer myself and currently coordinate an all-volunteer environmental justice organization in Los Angeles County. I am also a Quaker active in Whittier First Friends Church, married, and have two daughters.