Krista Bywater - Muhlenberg College. Allentown, PA, US

Krista Bywater Krista Bywater

Assistant Professor of Sociology | Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA, US

Dr. Bywater has research interests in environmental sociology, globalization studies, and development studies

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In Fall 2011, Dr. Krista Bywater joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. Bywater comes to the department from an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Grinnell College in Iowa. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009, her dissertation entitled “Water for Life, Not for Profit: Globalization, Development, and Water Struggles in India.”

Dr. Bywater has research interests in environmental sociology, globalization studies, and development studies. She will be teaching Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory, and Quantitative Methods for Social Data, and will eventually be contributing courses to the sociology curriculum based on her areas of topical and regional specialization.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Environmental Sociology Development Studies Globalization Studies

Education (3)

University of California: Ph.D., Sociology 2009

University of California: M.A., Sociology 2003

Barry University: B.A., Mass Communications 2001

Articles (3)

Engendering cultures of opposition The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles

2013

Thousands of protesters campaigned in Plachimada, Kerala, and Delhi, India, to oppose the private control of public water supplies and to ensure the right to water. Activists in Plachimada successfully shut down a Coca-Cola2 plant that depleted the village's ...

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(Re) conceptualizing environmentalism in the global south: Lessons from India The Second ISA Forum of Sociology

2012

This paper examines three popular water struggles in India and proposes that a new approach is needed to understand environmentalism in the Global South. Most scholarship on environmental movements in underdeveloped countries characterizes them as ...

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'Coca-Cola quit India': Resisting CSR as a global management strategy The Second ISA Forum of Sociology

2012

The Coca-Cola Corporation promotes itself as a responsible company while protesters from India and Colombia to the United States and Europe criticize its business practices. Coke, like many other transnational corporations (TNCs), has adopted corporate social ...

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