Linda Estelí Méndez Barrientos

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Position Title
Assistant Professor, University of Denver
CEPB Affiliate

2126 Wickson Hall

Linda (she/ella/elle) is an Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with the University of Denver. She earned her PhD in Ecology with the Dept. Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. She specializes on power and institutional change in the design and implementation of sustainability reforms. For her dissertation, she studied California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in its effort to solve the state's groundwater overdraft crisis. Previously, she studied South Africa's National Water Act (NWA) in its effort to address apartheid's heritage of inequality in water access. 

Linda enjoys teaching, mentoring, and served in various committees to improve diversity and access to higher education at UC Davis. She is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow (2016-2020), UC Davis Mentorship Fellow (2019), NSF Integrative Graduate Education & Research Trainee (2015-2017), and European Commission Agris Mundus Scholar (2008-2010). She holds two masters degrees, one on Water Management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the other on Agricultural Policy from Montpellier SupAgro in France. When she is not working, you can find her in her garden, outdoors swimming and running, or climbing mountains.