The Politics of Water: In Conversation with Sophia Borgias, Ph.D. and Kate Berry, Ph.D.
Sophia Borgias, Ph.D. and Kate Berry, Ph.D. discuss the politics of water as they relate to Charlotte Skinner’s time in Lone Pine, California during the Los Angeles Water Wars.
Sophia Borgias, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Programs at Boise State University, is a human-environment geographer whose research and teaching focuses on water and environmental governance in the arid Americas. Her most recent research has focused on conflicts over rural-urban water transfers in the Great Basin region, as well as the “unlikely alliances” of environmentalists, ranchers, and Tribes that have formed to protect rural landscapes and livelihoods from their impacts. She is also engaged in ongoing collaborative research about Indigenous land and water rights in Payahuunadü, the Nüümü/Newe territory encompassing the Owens and Mono basins in eastern California. Her prior research focused on social mobilization in response to large dam and hydropower development in central and southern Chile. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography at the University of Arizona and holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Oregon.
Kate A. Berry, Ph.D. is a Professor in Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research interests focus on water governance, geographies of social identity, and resource extraction. She has experience in water and environmental conflict analysis and studies the cultural politics of water, working extensively on Indigenous water issues.