Santa Clara University

Perlita Dicochea

Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies

Perlita Dicochea is Assistant Professor in the Ethnic Studies Program at Santa Clara Universit Born and raised in San José, CA, Dr. Dicochea earned her B.A. in Communication at Santa Clara University and minored in Ethnic Studies and Women Studies (now WGST). She earned her M.A. in Communication at Arizona State University and her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley.

At U.C. Berkeley, Dr. Dicochea focused on racialization processes as they relate to gender, class, and environmental injustices both within the United States and transnationally. Her current research focuses on New River pollution on the Mexico/US border and Guadalupe River watershed restoration in San José, California. She has published in Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies on Chicana Movement rhetoric (2004). She also published a chapter on her transdisciplinary methodological approach to addressing borderland environmental injustices in the critically acclaimed anthology Chicana/Latina Education in Everyday Life (2006). Dr. Dicochea was recently appointed to the Board of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, a San Jose-based non-profit that addresses environmental injustices within high-tech industries.
Dr. Dicochea is the proud owner of a five-pound Chihuahua named Neblina?arguably the smartest little dog in the universe.