Sarah M. Rios
University of California, Santa Barbara

Sarah Rios is a doctoral student in the Sociology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research project examines the living conditions of farmworkers in the Central Valley, particularly as they relate to health disparities from daily exposure to contaminated air, water, and pesticides. Originally from Salinas-Watsonville Valley, California she developed a passion for healthy and sustainable environments after witnessing the effects of mono-agriculture on farmworkers’ health. Her other research examines how collective action in farming communities begets social change in the US as well as in Costa Rica. After graduating from California State University Fresno in 2008, she worked for the United Farm Workers Union where she laid the foundation for her future work.  Her broader areas of investigation include studies of race, class, and gender, social stratification and Latino sociology.