Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Amalia Leguizamón

Assistant Professor - Sociology

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I am a sociologist interested on the political economy of the environment in Latin America. I am curious about the power dynamics that fuel development projects in the region and their uneven impact on society and the environment. I thus pay attention to the corporate and state actors who promote these natural resource extraction projects, the technologies they implement, and the socio-environmental movements that have emerged to contest them. My research focuses on Argentina. Some of it has been published in journals like The Journal of Peasant Studies, Latin American Perspectives and Geoforum. My current book project, Seeds of Power: Environmental Injustice and Genetically Modified Crops in Argentina, tells the story of Argentina’s swift agrarian transformation based on the early adoption and intensive implementation of genetically modified (GM) herbicide-resistant soybeans. The expansion of GM soy has brought economic growth but also tremendous harm to society and the environment, including food insecurity, health hazards due to agrochemical exposure, deforestation, and the violent displacement of peasant and indigenous populations. Why have Argentines not mobilized more to halt the pace of GM soy extractivism? To answer this question, I look at the interplay of culture and the political economy following historic threads of core values and beliefs of national identity to show their long-lasting impact over Argentines’ perceptions on nature, rural life, agricultural production, and Argentina’s role in the global economy. I pay special attention to the gendered and raced dimensions of the structure of the political economy to create injustice, quiescence, and consent.

My teaching is informed by my research interests. My goal as a teacher is to help students develop and apply their sociological imagination to environmental problems. At Tulane University, I often teach Environmental Sociology, Foundations of Sociology (both of these focusing on the United States), Latin America and the Environment, and an upper level/graduate course on Sustainable Development in Latin America.

  • B.A., McKendree College, Sociology, 2004
  • M.A., Queens College, CUNY, Sociology, 2009
  • M.Phil., The Graduate Center, CUNY, Sociology, 2010
  • Ph.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY, Sociology, 2014
Academic Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2014-
  • Robert Boguslaw Award for Technology and Humanism, Section on Environmental Sociology, American Sociological Association, 2017
  • Faculty Fellows Research Grant, Newcomb College Institute, Tulane University, 2017
  • Course Development Grant, Environmental Studies Program, Tulane University, 2016
  • Lurcy Grant. School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, 2015-2016
  • Graduate Center Dissertation Fellowship, CUNY, 2012-2013
  • P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship, 2006-2008
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
Overseas Experience
  • Argentina

Research & Teaching Specializations: Environmental Sociology and Development, Globalization, Social movements, Food studies

Selected Publications
  • 2018. “The Gendered Dimensions of Resource Extractivism in Argentina‘€™s Soy Boom.” Latin American Perspectives.×18781346 (Online First)
  • 2016. “Disappearing Nature? Agribusiness, Biotechnology, and Distance in Argentine Soybean Production.” Journal of Peasant Studies 43 (2): 313‘€“330.2016. “Disappearing Nature? Agribusiness, Biotechnology, and Distance in Argentine Soybean Production.” Journal of Peasant Studies 43 (2): 313-330.
  • 2016. “Environmental Injustice in Argentina: Struggles Against Genetically Modified Soy.” Journal of Agrarian Change 16 (4): 684 – 692.
  • 2016. “Las luchas por la justicia ambiental en la Argentina sojera.” Estudios Críticos del Desarrollo 6 (11): 129‘€“149.
  • 2014. “Modifying Argentina: GM Soy and Socio-Environmental Change.” Geoforum 53:149-160

Latin American-Related Courses Taught in Last 2 years: SOCI-2650-01: Latin America & the Environment

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