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Dr. Fernando Tormos-Aponte

AFFILIATION: University of Pittsburgh

TITLE: Assistant Professor

LOCATION: Pennsylvania

LANGUAGE: English, Spanish

EXPERTISE AREA: Climate Change, DEIJ, Energy Policy, Environmental Justice, Environmental Racism, Hispanic/Latine/a/o Communities, Natural Disasters & Response


Fernando Tormos-Aponte is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a Kendall Fellow at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cambridge. He earned his MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, and a BA from the Universidad de Puerto Rico Río Piedras. Dr. Tormos-Aponte specializes in environmental and racial justice, intersectional solidarity, identity politics, social policy, and transnational politics. Tormos-Aponte’s research is situated in two areas of inquiry. Inspired by the devastating toll that hurricanes Irma and Maria had on his native Puerto Rico, Tormos-Aponte investigates civil society claims about the uneven government response across communities. His work in this area examines the causes and consequences of government neglect of socially vulnerable communities during disaster recoveries. Tormos-Aponte’s work also investigates how marginalized groups organize to address their societal needs. He seeks to understand the drivers and consequences of building solidarity across social group differences and how social movements develop an intersectional organizing approach.


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