Faculty Profile for Dr. Eric Ryan Sarmiento

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Dr. Eric Ryan Sarmiento
Associate Professor — Dept of Geography & Environmntl Studies
ELA 139
phone: (512) 245-3440

Biography Section

Biography and Education

I am a critical human geographer with expertise in urban geography, cultural geography, and political ecology. I use a range of qualitative methods to examine the dynamic relationships between environmental politics, economy, and culture in the context of urban governance and change, particularly as experienced by local communities.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Ashford-Hanserd, S. N., Sarmiento, E. R., Myles, C. C., Roundtree, A. K., Hayton, M.-P. E., Ybarra, E., … Maleki, S. (2020). African American experiences in the historic Dunbar neighborhood in San Marcos, Texas: A case study of counter-life stories. Social Sciences, 9(10). https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9100177
  • Sarmiento, E. R. (n.d.). Diverse Food Economies. In Encyclopedia of Food and Society. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Landstrom, C., Sarmiento, E. R., & Whatmore, S. (2023). Stakeholder engagement does not guarantee impact: A co-productionist perspective on model-based drought research. Social Studies of Science, Online First (awaiting print issue).
  • Truman, M., & Sarmiento, E. R. (2023). ‘When this thing hit’: Examining the impacts of COVID-19 on the blues-based cultural economy of Clarksdale, Mississippi. Social and Cultural Geography, Online First (awaiting print issue).
  • Le Noc, M. B. D., & Sarmiento, E. R. (2021). 'We were turned into Jews’: Space, subjectivation, and resistance in occupied Paris. Social and Cultural Geography.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Texas State University. 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2020 Teaching Award of Honor, Texas State Alumni Association. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Conference Travel Award, Urban Geography Speciality Group, Association of American Geographers. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Conference Travel Awards, Graduate School, Rutgers University. 2009 - 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, Geography Department, Rutgers University. 2013

Selected Grants

  • Ashford-Hanserd, Shetay Nicole (Principal), Sarmiento, Eric Ryan (Co-Principal), Rayburn, Steven W (Co-Principal), Myles, Colleen Crystal (Co-Principal), Davio, Rebecca Lynn (Supporting), Fox, Rebekah L (Supporting), Guajardo, Miguel (Supporting), Valencia, Louie Dean (Supporting), Valle, Rosina Ruiz (Supporting). #ReclaimDunbar: A community needs assessment for the Dunbar arts, cultural and innovation district, Multidisciplinary Team Formation (MTI) Grant, Texas State University, Texas State University, $1000. (Funded: July 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019). Grant.
  • Sarmiento, Eric Ryan. Documenting and defending Latin placemaking in San Marcos, Texas, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $7887. (Submitted: October 2022, Funded: January 2023 - Present). Grant.
  • Sarmiento, Eric Ryan. Co-producing knowledge of chronic flooding for community resilience, NAS Gulf Research Program, Federal, $76000. (Submitted: January 15, 2021, Funded: June 2021 - June 2023). Grant.
  • Sarmiento, Eric Ryan. The Transformative Potential of Urban Food Hubs in the Gentrifying City, Texas State University, $8000. (Funded: January 2020 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Reviewer / Referee
University of Minnesota Press
Coordinator / Organizer
Session organizer and chair, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
April 2023-Present
Board of Directors, Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference
September 2022-Present
Coordinator / Organizer
Community Economies Network North American Regional Node
September 2022-Present