Estelí Jiménez-Soto

Assistant Professor

Estelí Jiménez-Soto joined the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies as a tenure-track assistant professor of food studies in fall 2021. At Syracuse University, she is teaching classes in Agriculture and the Environment, including Agroecology, and Climate Change and the Food System. She joins the Syracuse Cluster Initiative in Energy and Environment. Prior to joining Syracuse University, Jiménez-Soto was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Santa Cruz in the Department of Community Studies from 2020-2021, and in the Department of Environmental Studies from 2019-2020, where she taught principles of sustainable agriculture and worked on socioeconomic barriers and opportunities to adopt sustainable practices in strawberry production. Her research uses interdisciplinary engagements, bridging the fields of agroecology and political ecology to examine environmental problems at the nexus of food, agriculture and the environment in both the U.S. and Latin American contexts. She has published in journals including Ecology and Evolution, Bioscience, and Journal of Peasant Studies and her work has been highlighted in publications such as The Economist. Her research has been supported by UC-MEXUS, El Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACyT), the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and P.E.O International. In 2020 she was a recipient of a Peter Ashton Award by Biotropica, a Gentry Student Award by the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation in 2017, and a Mildred Mathias Award for best dissertation proposal by the UC-MEXUS in 2015. She is an active member of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the American Association of Geographers (AAG), the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), New World Agriculture and Ecology Group (NWAEG) and The Alliance for Women in Agroecology (AMA-AWA). Jiménez-Soto earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and a M.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2018 and 2014 respectively; and an B.S. with honors in Agroecology in 2012 from Universidad Autonoma Chapingo in Mexico. She is originally from San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.


Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 2018

M.A. in Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 2014

B.S. in Agroecology, Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, Mexico, 2012


Environmental problems at the nexus of food, agriculture and the environment within U.S. and Latin American contexts

Recent Publications

  • Jimenez-Soto, E. (2020). The political ecology of shaded coffee plantations: conservation narratives and the everyday-lived-experience of farmworkers. The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1-20.
  • Vandermeer, J., Armbrecht, I., De la Mora, A., Ennis, K. K., Fitch, G., Gonthier, D. J., ... & Perfecto, I. (2019). The community ecology of herbivore regulation in an agroecosystem: lessons from complex systems. BioScience, 69(12), 974-996.
  • Perfecto, I., Jiménez-Soto, M. E., & Vandermeer, J. (2019). Coffee landscapes shaping the Anthropocene: forced simplification on a complex agroecological landscape. Current Anthropology, 60(S20), S236-S250.
  • Jimenez‐Soto, E., Morris, J. R., Letourneau, D. K., & Philpott, S. M. (2019). Vegetation connectivity increases ant activity and potential for ant‐provided biocontrol services in a tropical agroforest. Biotropica, 51(1), 50-61.
  • Morris, J. R., Jimenez-Soto, E., Philpott, S. M., & Perfecto, I. (2018). Ant-mediated (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) biological control of the coffee berry borer: diversity, ecological complexity, and conservation biocontrol. Myrmecological News, 26, 1-17.