F. Sonia Arellano-López
Assistant Research Professor
Dr. Arellano-López is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at Binghamton University where she conducts research and teaches comparative environmental politics. She earned her M. A. and Ph. D degrees at Binghamton University. Dr. Arellano-López conducted her doctoral research in Botswana, Africa. The two-and-a-half-year study examined the historical development of networks of trade and commerce, which are organized along ethnic lines. She has also lived and worked in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Dr. Arellano-López has extensive experience conducting research on, and working with, local rural populations in developing countries to address natural resource management issues, including land rights, land conflict and gender issues. She has served as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development and several international non-governmental organizations. In 2012, Dr. Arellano-López was the sociologist on an assessment of USAID-funded biodiversity conservation projects in the Dominican Republic, where she contributed to the design of the data collection tools, conducted key informant interviews and led focus groups. Previously, she served as the social scientist on the USAID-funded Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA) project, where she developed a set of case studies highlighting gender issues within the ICAA natural resource management and biodiversity conservation consortia projects. Before that, Dr. Arellano-López was the social scientist on the Programmatic Environmental Assessment of the USAID-funded Integrated Development Program, in Bolivia.