Santa Clara University

Ethnic Studies Program

Perlita R. Dicochea


Dr. Perlita R. Dicochea

Assistant Professor
Ethnic Studies Program
St. Joseph's Hall 121
(408) 554-3000 Ext. 6434

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Perlita R. Dicochea teaches Intro to the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Chicana/o Communities, Intro to Chicana/o Studies, and Environmental Racism, Gender, and Justice. Dr. Dicochea conducts research in the areas of race/ethnicity, women and gender studies, and environmental justice. She has written about community responses and policy regarding the binational water pollution problem of the New River, on the border of Mexicali, Baja California, and Imperial County, California. She currently conducts research on the discourse of green jobs, non-profit participation in the development of alternative energy, and collaborations around wind and solar projects between the public and private sectors in California with a focus on issues of employment, equity, and competing environmental concerns. Her research is published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, the Journal of Borderland Studies, and in the anthology Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life: Feminista Perspectives on Pedagogy and Epistemology with a forthcoming article to appear in the Journal of Environmental Justice. She has volunteered as a board member of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, a non-profit organization based in San Jose, California.


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