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Marisa Sotolongo

PhD in Public Policy

Marisa Sotolongo is a PhD candidate in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Her research focuses on environmental justice theory, informed by indigenous restorative and critical conceptions of justice, and environmental justice policy applications in the U.S. as they relate to climate adaptation, energy policy, and community resilience. She is a research assistant with the Initiative for Energy Justice and has published policy briefs on energy policy in California and other western states, including the use of utility-initiated power shutoffs in environmental justice communities, and an evaluation of western states’ wildfire policies as climate adaptation. She is currently working on a research project focused on how communities vulnerable to environmental, energy, and climate injustice are defined.

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Marisa is from Durham, North Carolina. She attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated with a B.S. in Physics, with a focus in Energy Security. She has worked as a budget analyst for the Texas state legislature, working with natural resource and environmental state agencies to develop agency budgets and conduct strategic fiscal reviews. She remains committed to working on policy issues that are applicable at the state level.

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