A Brief Introduction

I am Kyle Haines, a Ph.D. Candidate in the UCSD Political Science program.  I was born in Santa Barbara and grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley, 20 miles north.  I attended undergraduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, taking a year abroad and living in Dublin, Ireland, attending Trinity College Dublin.  I graduated in 2006 and traveled for a year through South America and the Iberian Peninsula before returning in debt to begin working for the State Parks in Santa Barbara.  Eventually, I moved to the East Bay, living in Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Oakland where I taught as a substitute teacher in public high schools and waited tables at night and on weekends.

I have lived in San Diego since 2009 when I entered to PhD program in Political Science here at UC San Diego.  I plan on finishing in June 2016.  Drawing on and refining radical environmental theories from the 1960s and 1970s which sought the unification of political and ecosystem boundaries, I look at the practical ecological effects of political decentralization (in its different forms and contexts).  My examples come from California, the San Diego/Tijuana Conurbation, Southern Mexico, and Bolivia.  Although I am a political theorist by training, I also borrow heavily from comparative politics and many distinct disciplinary approaches.  Beyond my own writing, I am focused on teaching and projects here in San Diego and throughout our binational community (both here in San Diego County and immediately across the national border with Mexico in Tijuana).

Advertisements