Kristine Nichole Lawson

TitlePhD Student,
Blum Center Researcher
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentAnthropology Department
OfficeSocial Sciences 1, Room 231
Campus Mail StopSocial Sciences 1 Faculty Services
Kristine Nichole Lawson

Research Interests

Academic Interests:

urban farming activism in Istanbul, acoustic methodology, participatory approaches to ethnography, critical sustainabilities and urban studies, care as a radical political act, international coalition building amongst activists, affordable housing in Santa Cruz, California, health-wealth-housing nexus…

Community Organizing Projects:

UAW Local 2865 organizing committee 2013, 2014

Santa Cruz Tenants' Organizing Committee 2015, 2016

Homeless Garden Project (research consulting through UCSC Blum Center) 2015, 2016

Biography, Education and Training

 Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Kristine came to California in 2009 for a season on the river and ended up deciding to make a return to academia. She completed her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at UC Berkeley in 2012 where she carried out two funded independent research projects on the Occupy Movement. She began her PhD training in cultural anthropology at UC Santa Cruz in 2013. Past careers as a theatre student in British Columbia and as an international whitewater raft guide have shaped her current work in participatory ethnography. Kristine’s dissertation research focuses on urban farming activism in ─░stanbul. She uses acoustic methods, including sound mapping and deep listening sessions to understand social and political relationships in the market farms of Yedikule. She also brings a collaborative approach to her investigations, employing practices of co-design with local participants. Kristine is also currently working for the UC Santa Cruz Blum Center on a research project on affordable housing and the housing crisis in Santa Cruz.


M.A. Cultural Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz, 2015

B.A. with Highest Honors, Anthropology, UC Berkeley, 2013