CJTC — The Center for Justice, Tolerance & Community University of California, Santa Cruz
CJTC — The Center for Justice, Tolerance & Community

Former CJTC Staff


Stuyvesant Bearns Esteva

Graduate Student Researcher

Stuyvesant Bearns Esteva was a Graduate Student Researcher at the Center for Justice, Tolerance and Community. Currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, Stuyvie’s research interests revolve around
socio-geographic discussions of space, Mexican migration, and the sociology of music.

Before embarking on his academic pursuits, Stuyvie spent seven years working as a chef at various San Francisco restaurants—an experience that would raise his awareness of the turmoil undocumented workers in the United States endure. Keeping this experience as a guiding focus, he received a BA with honors in Latin American and Latino Studies in 2003. His undergraduate thesis was an exploration as to how gender relations have changed in indigenous villages of Oaxaca, Mexico as a result of mass migration to the United States after the passage of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Stuyvie began working at the CJTC in the summer of 2006 as a result of his commitment to unite academic pursuits with those of social justice. His first project with the center revolved around analyzing the changing characteristics of the working poor—those that work full time but yet live below the poverty line—in California. He is currently working on developing quantitative analyses that document how immigration affects wages.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Stuyvie balances his academic and activist interests by playing son jarocho, a folkloric music that originated in the southern Mexican state of Veracruz in the 18th century and is an amalgamation of African, indigenous, and European musical influences.


Email: sbearns@ucsc.edu