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Vivienne Bennett

Professor, Border Studies
PhD, Latin American Studies
University of Texas, Austin, 1987




Water politics; border water conflicts; Mexican political and economic development; the U.S.-Mexico border.

BRS 453: Border Water Conflicts
GEOG 305: The U.S.-Mexico Border

Research Interests:

  • Mexico/U.S.-Mexico Border/Latin America: Politics of water; business responses to progressive reform; gender and water management
  • Mexico's political history
  • California water policy
  • Business response to reform in Latin America

External Grants:

2007. Open Society Institute, for "Enduring Reform: Business and Activist Responses to Progressive Civil-Society-Based Reform in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Mexico." Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Jeffrey Rubin (Boston University).


Mexico Advisor to the San Diego County Water Authority (2008 to 2011).

Selected Recent Publications:

Rubin, Jeffrey W. and Vivienne Bennett (Eds.). Enduring Reform: Progressive Activism and Private Sector Responses in Latin America's Democracies. University of Pittsburgh Press (2015). Enduring Reform book.

Bennett, Vivienne, Sonia Dávila-Poblete, and María Nieves Rico. 2008. "Water and Gender: The Unexpected Connection that Really Matters." Journal of International Affairs, Spring/Summer 2008. PDF

Bennett, Vivienne, Sonia Dávila-Poblete, and María Nieves Rico (Eds.) 2005. Opposing Currents: The Politics of Water and Gender in Latin America. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Bennett, Vivienne. 2002. "Different Managers, Same Problems: Public versus private management of municipal water services in Monterrey." In Whiteford, Scott and Roberto Melville (Eds.). Protecting a Sacred Gift: Water and Social Change in Mexico. La Jolla: Center for U.S.-Mexican studies, University of California, San Diego.

V. Bennett CV 

Commencement 2015

Vivenne leading students at Gradutaion

Below, Vivienne Bennett explains the connection between water and gender, and reveals why women are so often the majority protesting insufficient water services in the Global South.