Political Science

David J. Herrera


David is a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in American Politics. His research interests include racial and ethnic politics, urban politics, community organizing, and environmental politics and policy. David’s dissertation explores how the community organizing practices of local environmental justice organizations in Oakland and San Diego shape the policy agenda of local government on air pollution issues. His dissertation research has been supported by the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation (2022-2023), the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (2022), the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy (2022), and Brown University’s Political Science Department (2021). Prior to attending Brown, David worked as an Executive Operations Specialist for the Carnegie Foundation in Stanford, California. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Political Science from Brown University.