Sophia Borgias

Agnese Nelms Haury Fellow
School of Geography and Development

Sophia Borgias is a Ph.D. student in the School of Geography and Development interested in the legal and political dimensions of water issues. Her current research focuses on the ongoing conflict over the City of Los Angeles’ control of land and water resources in the Owens Valley, a rural area in the eastern Sierra Nevada of California. In previous research, she has examined social movement resistance to large hydropower projects in central and southern Chile. As a doctoral student, she has earned a graduate certificate in water policy and a minor in law. She also holds a master’s degree in geography from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Oregon.

Accepted Scholar:



Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation

College of Engineering 

College of Science Galileo Circle

Graduate College

Arizona Institute for Resilience

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment & Social Justice

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences