Caitlin Schroering

  • PhD earned 2021

Caitlin Schroering holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. She is currently the Water Equity Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Outreach, and Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research coalesces around multiple areas of social inquiry, including environmental sociology, resource conflicts, the human right to water, political economy, and transnational social movements, using feminist and decolonial methodologies. Her primary line of research is based on extensive fieldwork with two movements fighting against water privatization, one in Brazil and one in the United States. She has 16 years of experience in community, political, environmental, and labor organizing.

Education & Training

  • PhD, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 2021
  • MA, Latin American Studies, University of Florida, 2015
  • BA, Environmental Studies, Denison University, 2009

Representative Publications

Caitlin Schroering and Suzanne Staggenborg. Forthcoming. “Volunteer and Staff Participants in Social Movements: A Comparison of Two Local Coalitions.” Social Movement Studies. 

Rivas, Marcela González, and Caitlin Schroering. 2021. "Pittsburgh's Translocal Social Movement: A Case of the New Public Water." Utilities Policy, 71: 101230. DOI 10.1016/j.jup.2021.101230

Schroering, Caitlin. 2021. “Inside the Struggle for Water Sovereignty in Brazil.” ROAR Magazine/Journal of Resistance Studies 

Schroering, Caitlin and Letícia Oliveira. “Shared Experiences Of Dam Failures And Blackouts In Brazil And The United States.” 2021. MAB.

2021. Schroering, Caitlin. “Constructing Another World: Solidarity and the Right to Water.” Studies in Social Justice, 15(1), 102-128. 

2020. Banerjee, Tarun and Caitlin Schroering. " “Responsible for Whom? The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Firm Vulnerability and Responsiveness to Social Movement Activism.” Sociological Focus, 53:4, 337-358, DOI:

2020. Murphy, Michael and Caitlin Schroering. “Refiguring the Plantationocene: Racial Capitalism, World-Systems Analysis, and Global Socioecological Transformation.” Journal of World-Systems Research, 26(2), 400-415. 

Schroering, Caitlin. 2020. "A Year After Brazil Dam Collapse, Communities Still Calling for Accountability." Truthout. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2019. "Resistance and Knowledge Production: Social Movements as Producers of Theory and Praxis."  Revista CS. 29, 73-102. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2019.  “Brazil Dam Collapse is a Human Rights Disaster and Crime.” 2019. Truthout. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2019. “Water is a Human Right! Grassroots Resistance to Corporate Power.” Journal of World-Systems Research. 25(1), 28-34. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2018. Review of Green Gentrification: Urban Sustainability and the Struggle for Environmental Justice, Society & Natural Resources. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2018.1517915

Schroering, Caitlin. 2018. “Global Peasant Declaration Represents Huge Advance for Human Rights” with Jackie Smith. Common Dreams. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2010. “Joanna Macy: Buddhism and Power for Social Change.” Denison Journal of Religion. 9(1). 

Schroering, Caitlin. 2008. “Alcoa in Juruti, Brazil: A Case of Environmental Injustice and Colonialism?” SIT Digital Collections. Paper 36. Available from:

Schroering, Caitlin. 2007. “How to Stop AIDS Now.” 2007. Foreign Policy in Focus. Available from: