Veronica Herrera continues the “Just Environments” series by examining the ways in which low-income communities that are impacted by toxic contamination mobilize grassroots movements as forms of resistance and vehicles for claims-making. Focusing on neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and Bogotá, Herrera notes that community residents partner with better-resourced actors to frame environmental protections as legal rights, effectively forging new types of environmental citizenship.
Veronica Herrera is assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. Her research has focused on environment, participation and policymaking in Latin American cities. Her focus in recent work is on the rise of advocacy networks and environmental litigation surrounding exposure to toxic contamination in Latin American cities. She is author of Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and has published articles in Comparative Politics, World Development, and Latin American Politics & Society. She has conducted field research in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru. She received the Clarence Stone Early Career Award from the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Herrera is an SSRC-Mellon Mays fellow (MMUF ’01). Her research has been supported by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, UC-Mexus, and the Fulbright Commission. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in political science and graduated with high honors from Swarthmore College.