Marilyn Grell-Brisk

Marilyn Grell-Brisk
University of California, Riverside | UCR

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Marilyn Grell-Brisk is an Assistant Research Scientist at UC Riverside’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) in the Air Quality Measuring and Exposure Lab. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College for the academic year 2019/2020. She is trained in macro-comparative quantitative research methods and utilizes case studies and other qualitative research tools to draw out the complex connections that exist within the modern capitalist interstate system.
Education
February 2015 - May 2015
Johns Hopkins University
Field of study
  • Sociology
August 2007 - August 2009
University of Lausanne
Field of study
  • Science Politique

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Publications (18)
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From the first #BlackLivesMatter (#BLM) in 2013 to the summer of 2020, America and the rest of the world have been compelled, at minimum, to pay attention to the continuous rejection of Black being(ness). Black Lives Matter! isn’t just a call to attend to police brutality against Black people in America, it is a rallying call demanding that Black f...
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Immanuel Wallerstein developed a global sociological perspective on modern world history with several colleagues that generated a widening school of scholarly research and theorizing that has been carried on by several generations of sociologists. World-system analysis has developed in several different directions and has become institutionalized i...
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The most recent struggle for Black lives, is really a struggle for the recognition of Black people's humanity and the possibility of a free life unadulterated by the ongoing violence of the anti-Black world of racial capitalism. Black Lives Matter! is at once a declarative scream that Black people are human and a demand that Black humanity be seen,...
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Critical race theory holds that racism, and by extension othering, is embedded within every aspect of American society. We agree with critical race theorists, but elaborate further, that othering in some form or another, has existed since the Stone Age, and evolves with the uneven expansion of social complexity and the emergence of hierarchies. Oth...
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The primary concern of this chapter is with global structural inequality, which we address by examining the shape and distributions of global economic and military power from 1960 to 2015. We find that despite several changes in the distributions that occurred in the first decade of the new millennium, there has been a tendency for the convergence...
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In 2017, Assembly Bill 617 was approved in the state of California, which mandated the allocation of resources for addressing air pollutant exposure disparities in underserved communities across the state. The bill stipulated the implementation of community scale monitoring and the development of local emissions reductions plans. We aimed to develo...
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This study elucidates PM2.5 exposure disparities in a socioeconomically diverse air basin that is heavily burdened by air pollution. A novel spatial clustering approach is applied to classify the microenvironments of more than 900,000 high temporal resolution personal exposure data points. Results from the study indicate that participants from the...
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The world-system perspective emerged during the world revolution of 1968 when social scientists contemplated the meaning of Latin American dependency theory for Africa. Immanuel Wallerstein, Terence Hopkins, Samir Amin, Andre Gunder Frank, and Giovanni Arrighi developed slightly different versions of the world-system perspective in interaction with...
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The central concern of this paper is with Sub-Saharan Africa's (SSA) standing in the stratified world economy. Country standings are determined for the period 1965 through 2015, based on the Arrighi and Drangel method of calculating world-system position. We find that the region as a whole remained in the bottom of the global economic hierarchy and...
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Commodified citizenship—pay x number of dollars and you can have all the rights of citizenship without any of the traditional duties and obligations—has been on the rise in developing countries since the early 1990s. This article is a case study of such a program on the island nation of Dominica. Ostensibly established as a means to aid the country...
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This article examines the contemporary rise of China and its new role on the global stage within the context of semiperipheral mobility. Unlike earlier discourse on the rise of China that revolved around questions of hegemonic ascent, the focus here is on the impact of China’s advancement within the structural confines of the modern capitalist worl...

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This research project interrogates how global climate change informs small island development strategies. It focuses on Small Island Developing States’ (SIDS) vulnerability to global climate change, from both a developmental and ecological perspective. The Commonwealth of Dominica, a former British colony, is a SID in the Caribbean region, and an upper middle-income country according to the World Bank. Its island status makes it vulnerable to the effects of global climate change – rising sea levels, changing sea currents as a result of increased warming of the oceans, increasing intensity of storms, increasing/decreasing rainfall etc. – and an excellent case study. Questions at the center of the project include: what types of development strategies are currently available to a SIDS like Dominica in today’s global economy? How does global climate change affect and influence these strategies and the overall political economy of the country? What is the role of global governance with regards to the impact of climate change on SIDS like Dominica? Agriculture and fishing sectors make up a significant portion of the Dominica’s balance of payments. Dr. Grell-Brisk has been conducting surveys in multiple fishing villages to determine if and how climate change (in the form of increasing intensity and number of tropical cyclones, changing patterns of ocean currents due to warming, the appearance of pelagic sargassum) have affected the fishing sector in Dominica. The goal is to also look at the agriculture sector and to tie both the impacts on the fishing sector and agricultural sector with another one of my research projects – the commodification of citizenship. An associated paper on this project was presented in a regular session at the American Sociological Association’s Annual Meeting August 2019.