College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Global Studies

Sara Salazar Hughes


Sara Salazar Hughes, PhD (she/her/hers)

Sara Salazar Hughes, PhD (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Social Sciences and Global Studies at California State University - Monterey Bay. Sara received her PhD in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles, and also holds an MA in International Studies from the University of San Francisco and a BA in Arabic from the University of California, Los Angeles. A political and cultural geographer by training, she studies territorial conflict and land - both societies' connections to land and various means of control over it - primarily in Israel/Palestine. Sara's research examines the construction of home(land) in contested territory, everyday life in conflict zones, material and discursive mechanisms of territorial control, and how the construction of belonging for one group depends on the displacement and dispossession of another. Her use of ethnographic and qualitative methods is aimed at representing the world in a way that captures subjects' understandings, feelings, and choices, while applying a critical eye to the reality they perceive and seek to (re)produce. 
Sara's areas of specialization in teaching and research include: political geography, cultural geography, political ecology and environmental justice, settler colonial studies, international development (particularly "sustainable" development), border and mobility studies, and Palestine/Israel studies. In her research, teaching, and organizing Sara centers love, care, reciprocity, and social and environmental justice. She serves as the faculty mentor for the Global Otters Club at CSUMB and is the executive producer (with Dr. Sriya Shrestha) of the OtterPod, a social science and public humanities podcast by CSUMB undergraduates that focuses on issues of social, racial, and environmental justice. 
Title:  Associate Professor of Global Studies 
Office Location CAHSS 504-2313
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Areas of Expertise

Political and Cultural geography, Israel/Palestine, Comparative Settler
Colonial Studies, Political Ecology, Border and Mobility Studies

Courses Taught

GS 336 Cultural Geography
GS 325 Geography of International Development
GS 380S Building an NGO - Migrant Advocacy Edition
GS 206 Understanding Globalization
GS 327 Politics of the Middle East
GS 363 Comparative Settler Colonial Studies
GS 222 Cities in a Global Context
GS 236 Global Policing
GS 334S Global Movements
GS 300 Major ProSeminar
GS 403 Capstone Proposal

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