Student Profile: Anna Setyaeva

Anna Setyaeva

Email address: anna.setyaeva@uci.edu 

Dual degree you are pursuing: J.D., Ph.D. in Political Science

Expected graduation: 2023

Research interests/agenda: My research interests fall at the intersection of climate justice, immigration theory, and global inequality. I am particularly interested in climate refugees, people who are forced to leave their homes due to sudden or long-term changes in the local environment. As of today, there are no legal protections available to people displaced by climate change. Citizens of the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, and other atoll nations currently find themselves in a precarious position: despite contributing the least to climate change, their countries are now experiencing an existential crisis because of the rising sea levels. In my dissertation, I hope to critique mainstream theories of immigration for their blindness towards environmental crisis and argue in favor of global environmental citizenship. 

Past Education: B.A. in Political Science and Government, minor in Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies- Long Island University (2015)

Academic Experiences, Awards and Honors:

  • 2020: Order of Merit- Outstanding Service Award
  • 2020: Inclusive Excellence Ambassador
  • 2019: Pedagogical Fellow
  • 2015: Alfred DiMaio Award for Outstanding Achievement in Political Science 
  • 2015: Jacob L. Holtzmann Award for Outstanding Achievement in Political Science             
  • 2015: Distinction in Honors for Outstanding Scholarship in the Honors Program      

Presentations, Publications, Speaking Engagements:

  • 2019: “Drowning Citizens: Where will the Marshallese go?,” Paper Presentation at Association for Political Theory Annual Conference, Irvine, CA
  • 2019: “Political Philosophy of J.J. Rousseau,” Guest Lecture at University of California, Irvine
  • 2017: “Harm Reduction Practices and the US War on Drugs,” Guest Lecture at University of California, Irvine    
  • 2016: “Deleterious Effects of the War on Drugs in Latin America,” Paper Presentation at Latin American Studies Emphasis Meeting at University of California, Irvine 
  • 2015:  “From Chechnya to Crimea: Evolution of Russian Responses to Secession,” Paper Presentation at Alpha Chi National Honors Society Conference, Chicago, IL

What made you interested in pursuing dual degrees? 

The question of climate induced migration is understudied by both political scientists and legal scholars. The pursuit of a concurrent degree will allow me to conduct interdisciplinary research and contribute to filling the gap in literature regarding normative and legal implications of climate induced displacement. The pursuit of the JD degree will give me an opportunity to study law and connect legal principles and doctrines to questions of global justice and environmental inequality.