Belinda Ramírez received their PhD in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California San Diego. Their dissertation research dealt with the social, political, and economic dimensions of urban agriculture in the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan region. While researching these topics, Belinda was exposed to the fulfillment found in experiential learning and working firsthand to change their local food system, receiving agricultural training through local farms and their involvement with community gardens in southern San Diego. They have also engaged in statewide political advocacy for young farmers through the National Young Farmers Coalition, served as both Board and Food Justice Co-Chair for Slow Food Urban San Diego, and worked as a Soil Farmer for Food2Soil.

Considering themself a farmer-scholar, Belinda is excited to delve into the worlds of (urban) agriculture and food justice in the Bay Area and to share the importance of this work with incoming students in the COLLEGE program. Looking to the future, Belinda is excited to contribute to the transformation of the global food system through agricultural education efforts based within their own food production spaces as well as through political advocacy, teaching, and writing.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford Introductory Studies - Civic, Liberal, and Global Education

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Coordinating Council Member, Stanford Environmental Justice Working Group (2022 - Present)

Professional Education

  • PhD, University of California San Diego, Sociocultural Anthropology (2024)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Cultural anthropology; urban agriculture; farms and farming; food systems and foodways; food justice and sovereignty; environmental and climate justice; urban studies; agriculture and environment; citizenship; critical geography; critical race theory; ecology; ethnography; food (in)security/sovereignty; political anthropology; political ecology; political economy; race and ethnicity; racism(s); social movements and protest; social value; morality and ethics; community

All Publications

  • National Association of Student Anthropologists: Advocating for Anthropologists-in-Training since 1985 Anthropology News Ramírez, B. C. 2017; 58 (4): 27

    View details for DOI 10.1111/AN.558

  • An Anthropological Perspective: The Cultural, the Political, and the Ontological in Kichwa Studies Ramírez, B. C. ProQuest. 2017
  • Demonstrative Deixis in Two Dialects of Amazonian Quichua Quechua Expressions of Stance and Deixis Nuckolls, J. B., Swanson, T. D., Ramirez, B. Brill. 2015
  • An Issue of Legitimacy: Hmong Religious and Ethnonational Borders in Northern Thailand National Social Science Journal Ramírez, B. C. 2014; 42 (1): 96-104