Santa Clara University

Food & Agribusiness Institute
Phone: 408-551-7054
Location: Montgomery House

Leslie Gray

Executive Director, Environmental Studies Institute

Leslie Gray, who holds a joint appointment with the Environmental Studies Institute and the Political Science program, is a geographer who teaches classes that emphasize global environment, development and population issues. She earned her B.A. from Georgetown University in 1984, her M.S. from the University of California, Davis in 1992, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1997.

Her current research considers the environmental and equity dimensions surrounding global cotton production, focusing on how the agricultural subsidies given to farmers in wealthy countries affect poor farmers in West Africa. She has published articles on environmental policy, land degradation, and women's access to resources in Burkina Faso and Sudan. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright/IIE and the Social Science Research Council. She has also done work for several international organizations, including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, UNDP, ILO and the World Bank.

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