Grant Gutierrez

Grant Gutierrez


Grant Gutierrez (he/him) is finishing his Ph.D. in Dartmouth College’s Graduate Program in Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society (EEES). His research is situated at the intersections of environmental justice, watershed restoration sciences, and political ecology. Much of his work is transdisciplinary in nature, which encourages him to engage scientists, community organizers, and policy makers across disciplines and areas of expertise. Through watershed ethnography, his dissertation explores how different communities navigate living in the wake of environmental disaster along the banks of the Duwamish and Skagit Rivers. Trained as an environmental anthropologist, he believes that the stories we tell – and how we tell them – are intimately important to how we do the work of environmental justice. He strives to put his research to work for community collaborations to help build more just environmental futures.

Grant is in the deep end of a personal-political love affair with rivers. His childhood in the foothills of the American River watershed has shaped how he shows-up for his work: with an open heart, constant curiosity, and a desire to be of service. Over the past ten years, he has worked alongside vibrant communities reclaiming their rivers, from anti-dam social movements in Chile, to watershed council politics in his hometown, and now, where he calls home in Puget Sound. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology with a Special Concentration in Sustainable Development from Columbia University. Alongside work, he enjoys going down to the riverside, cooking, spending time with his community, doing things with his hands, riding his bike, and laughter.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Dartmouth College, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Environmental Justice Planner
Hazardous Waste & Toxic Reductions Program, Washington Department of Ecology
Environmental Justice
Environmental Policy & Law
Water Resources

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