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Lisa Meierotto

Lisa Meierotto

Program Lead, Global Studies and MA Political Science
Office:  (208) 426-2658
ERB 2151

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Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Washington, Specialization in Environmental Anthropology
M.A. International Development, Community Planning and the Environment, Clark University
B.A. Anthropology and Global Studies, Pacific Lutheran University


Assistant Professor Lisa Meierotto teaches in Global Studies and Environmental Studies. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington in 2009 with an emphasis on environmental anthropology.

Her research explores intersections between global migration, human rights, and environmental justice. One branch of her research studies how Homeland Security policies intersect with nature conservation and human rights protections along the U.S.-Mexico border. Locally, she studies the experiences and well-being of immigrant farmers in Idaho, with a particular focus on documenting the ecological knowledge of immigrant and Latinx agricultural workers.

Professional Interests

Race and ethnicity, human rights, environmental justice, border studies, applied anthropology.

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Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D. Anthropology, Specialization in Environment Anthropology – University of Washington


M.A. International Development, Community Planning & the Environment – Clark University


B.A. Anthropology and Global Studies – Pacific Lutheran University

Academic Appointments


Associate Professor – Boise State University, School of Public Service Global & Environmental Studies


Interim Director – Boise State University, Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative


Assistant Professor – Boise State University, School of Public Service Global & Environmental Studies


Lecturer/Lead Faculty – Boise State University, Foundational Studies Program


Instructor – College of Idaho, Anthropology & Sociology


Postdoctoral Researcher – Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Immigration
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Farmworkers
  • Border Studies
  • Intersectionality of Gender, Race, Class, Geography & Immigration Status


Peer-Reviewed Single Author Book

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • 2015Meierotto, Lisa. “Environmental Disruption as a Consequence of Human Migration: The Case of the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Migration and Disruptions: Unifying Themes in Studies of Ancient and Contemporary Migrations, edited by Brenda J. Baker and Takeyuki Tsuda. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
  • 2003 – Peet, Rischard. The Unholy Trinity. Zed Books. Multi-author collaborative book with students. I was the primary author of section on NGOs.

Publications: Planning to Submit

  • Meierotto, Lisa, Rebecca Som Castellano and Cynthia Curl “Latina Farmworkers Engaging Nature: Situated Perspectives on Environment, Justice and Health.” To be submitted to an environmental anthropology journal in Spring 2021.
  • Meierotto, Lisa. “Engaging Latinx Undergraduate Research Assistants: Language, Geography and Funding.” To be submitted to a journal of higher education.

Scientific Reports

  • 2008 – “The Phoenix Innovation Study.” van der Leeuw, S. (editor) D. Hoffman, J. Hutchins, N. Jurik, J. Lobo, L. Meierotto, M. Russo, D. Strumsky
  • 2007 – “Northwest Forest Plan: the First Ten Years: Socioeconomic Monitoring of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Five Local Communities.” With Dillingham C, Poe M, Grinspoon E, Stuart C, Moseley C, Mazza R, Charnley S, Donoghue E, and Toth, N. Pacific Northwest Research Gen. Technical Report.
  • 2002 – “The Talo Dam Project.” with William Fisher and Ryan Russell. Comprehensive report on a proposed dam in Mali. Submitted to the African Development Bank, the US Department of Treasury, the Government of Mali and Cultural Survival.

Internal & External Grants

Major External Grants

  • 2018 – $65,970. “Assessment of Risk Factors for Health Disparities among Latina Farm Workers.” Mountain West CTR-IN. PI Cynthia Curl, Co-PIs Lisa Meierotto and Rebecca Som Castellano.
  • 2021 – $40,000 (est) “Perceived and realized risks to vegetation communities on lands managed along the US-Mexico border: identifying restoration needs in human-altered drylands.” USGS. PI Daniel Winkler. Southwest Biological Science Center. (Partially Funded by USGS in March 2021, amount of funding under deliberation). My role as Team Member will focus on data collection, survey development, synthesis, stakeholder engagement.
  • 2021 – $49,457.0 “Community and Environmental Health, Boise State University.” Exposures and Risk Perceptions among Male and Female Latinx Farmers in Idaho. Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety And Health Center. PI Hyland, C. My role as Key Personnel will be research design, data collection and data analysis.

Minor Internal Grants

  • 2020 – $5000. “Research Committee Small Grant.” For data analysis from the School of Public Service, Boise State University. Submitted January 21st, 2020.
  • 2017 – $2000. Engaging Pedagogies Student Success, Boise State University. Summer support for course design following Evidence-Based Instructional Practices (EBIP) to develop engaging pedagogies that promote student learning and persistence.
  • 2017 – $3,669. “Research Committee Small Grant.” The School of Public Service, Boise State University. Funding for pilot research on food security among Latina farm workers. Submitted on September 15th, 2017.
  • 2017 – $5000. Boise State Study Abroad Program, mini-grant for site exploration for new course on refugees in Crete, Greece.
  • 2016 – $500. Casita Nepanta Latino Research Grant . Casita Nepantla, Boise State University. Research Grant, for support of pilot research on food security among rural farm workers.

Unfunded Grants

  • 2020 – $5000. “Impacts of COVID-19 on Latina Farmworkers in Southwestern Idaho.” Submitted to the Social Science Research Council, Rapid-Response Research Grants. Co-PI Som Castellano.

In Progress Grants

  • 2022 – $300,000. “The Intersection of Gender and Migration in Agriculture: Environmental Knowledge of Latina Farmworkers and Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture.” To be submitted in January 2022 to the Cultural Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation. PI Meierotto.
  • 2021 – Collaborator. “SCC-CIVIC-PG Track B -Modeling resilience through a community lens: Modeling resilience through a community lens: Discovering data, creating tools, and connecting people who make resilience possible.” PI Dr. Brittany Brand. Submitted to Idaho State Board of Education.

Public Scholorship





  • “The Refugee Crisis in Greece: Lessons for the United States.” With Michail Fragkias. In Essays on America’s Future: Refugees, Migration and National Security. Frank Church Institute, Boise State University.
  • “Farmland Preservation: Public Concern and Local Action.” With R. Som Castellano, J. Schneider and J. Moroney. In The Blue Review. 02.27.2017.


  • “Sustainable Development and Latina/os in the U.S.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas and Politics.


  • “Sustainable Development and Latina/os in the U.S.” Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinas and Latinos in the United States.


Public Service & Engagement

Professional Appointments

Board Trustee – The Nature Conservancy of Idaho, 2020-Present

Co-Chair – Hispanic/Latinx Exhibit, Idaho Museum of International Diaspora, 2021-Present

Media Coverage

Fellowships & Awards


School of Public Service Research Fellowship. 9 Month fellowship, one course release Spring 2021 to prepare for external funding application.


Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award for “Launching Campus-Wide Civically Engaged Learning: Innovative Approaches to Foundational Studies at Boise State University.” Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement, Utah Valley University.


Graduate School Fritz Fellowship for International Study and Exchange, University of Washington.


Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) Fellowship. Three years of GA/TA support. University of Washington.

Fulbright Student Award for research and study in Greece (declined to begin PhD program).


Melder Fund travel grant to fund ethnographic research in Mali, Clark University.

Cultural Survival individual grant to fund research in Mali.

Conference Presentations


  • “Latina Perspectives: Challenging the Whiteness of Nature.” Nature and Health Virtual Conference. With Rebecca Som Castellano and Cynthia Curl. University of Washington. Forthcoming, October 12-14, 2021.
  • “Pesticide Exposure and its Aftermath: A Case Study of Idaho Farmworkers.” With Rebecca Som Castellano and Cynthia Curl. Forthcoming. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, November 2021.


  • “Environmental Knowledge and Wellbeing among Latina Farmers” Environmental Knowledge and Wellbeing Session2—Caring. With Rebecca Som Castellano and Cynthia Curl. American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting. Presented November 21st, 2019 in Vancouver, B.C.
  • “Health and Well-being Disparities among Latina Farm Workers in Southwestern Idaho.” Society For Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, March 21st, 2019 in Portland, OR.
  • Cynthia Curl, Lisa Meierotto, Rebecca Som Castellano. “Occupational Risk Factors for Health Disparities among Latina Farm Workers in Southern Idaho.” International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. August 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Rebecca Som Castellano, Lisa Meierotto, Cynthia Curl. “Considering Well-Being: Definitions and Challenges for Latina Farm Workers in Southern Idaho.” 2019 Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society.


  • Bienestar: Transition and Wellbeing amongst Mexican-origin Farmworkers” (Session Organizer). Paper: “Food Provisioning Strategies among Agricultural Workers in Rural Idaho” with Rebecca Som Castellano. American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., November 2017.


  • “Food Security and Immigration Policy.” Society for Applied Anthropology in Vancouver, B.C., April, 2016.


  • “Generative Violence in Conservation on the US-Mexican Border.” American Association for Borderlands Study in Portland, OR in April, 2015.


  • “Fostering Civically Engaged Students with Active Research and Tasty Tomatoes.” Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement VI, Utah Valley University, March 27th, 2014.


  • “La Frontera/ta Synora: Parallels and Contrasts In Response to International Undocumented Border Crossing.” American Anthropological Association, October 2012, San Francisco.
  • “A History of Migration in the American Borderlands.” Migrations as Disruptions Workshop, Saguaro Lake retreat, May 3-6 2012. Late Lessons from Early History project, Arizona State University.


  • “The Environmental History of Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge: The Coevolution of Militarization and Conservation.” American Society for Environmental History, Phoenix, AZ April 2011.


  • “Establishing Conservation Priorities on the U.S.-Mexico Border: The Morality of Supplementary Water.” Panel on the Morality of Conservation, at American Association of Anthropology, New Orleans, LA November 2010.


  • “Environmental Politics and Perceptions on the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Presented at the American Association of Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA, December 2009.
  • “Conserving Cabeza Prieta: Migration and Homeland Security in a National Wildlife Refuge.” Paper presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM, March 2009.


  • “Its Power, Dam It! Effects of Transnational Advocacy on International Water Governance” With Darrin Mcgee and Lisa Giddons. Presented at American Political Science Association, Chicago.


  • “The Disempowering Nature of Northern Advocacy: Silenced Voices Along the Bani River?” MA Thesis. Presented at Society for Applied Anthropology annual meeting, Portland OR.

Invited Talks


  • “A Disciplined Space: Conservation, Homeland Security, and Human Rights on the U.S.- Mexico Border.” Invited talk at STS Borderlands Research Group. STS Border Tech Laboratory at Arizona State University and Línea de Estudios Culturales UAM-X


  • “Environmental Knowledge of Latina Farmworkers and New Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture.” Diverse Perspectives can Solve Environmental Challenges. Faculty Research Lighting Talks, Boise State University April 9, 2021.
  • “Latina Health Disparities.” Guest Lecture in Spanish 300 class. Invited by Dr. Carolina Vierra, World Languages, Boise State University. March 31st, 2021.


  • “Immigration Positions Reflect Food Choices, Access.” Guest Lecture Honors Colloquium, Dr. Sara Fry, Boise State University. April 4th, 2019.
  • “Health and Well-being Disparities among Latina Farm Workers in Southwestern Idaho.” College of Idaho. November 2019.
  • “UF 100 Climate Change-Food and Ag Roundtable. Dr. Jen Pierce, Boise State University. November 19th, 2019.

Journal Reviewer

  • Agriculture and Human Values
  • Anthropological Quarterly
  • Area
  • Conservation and Society
  • Human Organization
  • Journal of Arizona Archeology
  • Journal of Rural Studies
  • Palgrave Communications
  • Rural Sociology
  • Geoforum

PH.D. Advising


Advisor of a Doctoral student in Public Policy & Administration


Graduate Student Mentorship/GA-ship


Graduate Student Mentorship/GA-ship


Boise State University 2017-2022

  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Environmental Justice Seminar
  • Graduate Seminar Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • Environmental Studies and Global Studies Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Global Migration and the Environment Seminar
  • Advocacy in Action

Boise State University 2013-2016

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Civic and Ethical Foundations, UF 200 (Focus on Diversity, Ethics and Human Rights)
  • Transitional Foundations UF 300 (Focus on Diversity, Ethics and Human Rights)

College of Idaho 2011-2013

  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Ethnic Groups in the United States
  • Environmental Anthropology
  • Theory of Anthropology
  • Introduction to Sociology

Glendale Community College 2011

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Arizona State University 2010

  • ASU 101

University of Washington 2006

  • Environmental Studies
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Agroecology (TA)
  • Environmental Anthropology (TA)
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