Sophia Borgias, a Carson Scholar in the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment and an Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow, is interested in the legal and political dimensions of water issues. She is a doctoral student in the UA School of Geography and Development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, where her current research focuses on the ongoing conflict over the City of Los Angeles’ control of land and water resources in the Owens Valley, a rural area in the eastern Sierra Nevada of California.
In previous research, Borgias has examined social movement resistance to large hydropower projects in central and southern Chile. She has earned a graduate certificate in water policy and a minor in law at the UA. She also holds a master’s degree in geography from the UA and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Oregon.