Noa Cykman

Noa Cykman
Graduate Student
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SSMS 3013


Environmental Sociology. Relational Sociology. Decolonial Theory. Multispecies Studies. Agroecology. 


B.A., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

M.A., in Political Sociology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil


Noa Cykman is a Fulbright scholar and Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work focuses on utopia, regenerative agriculture, ecological restoration, and multispecies societies. She is particularly curious about how we may (re-)establish relationships of kinship and reciprocity between people and forests. Towards that end, her doctoral research is an ethnography conducted with the community of Terra Vista, settled by the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in Bahia, Brazil. Noa coordinates the Environmental Justice/Climate Justice cluster of the Orfalea Center, at UCSB, and is a core organizer of the Isla Vista Food Forest, in Santa Barbara.


- The World in 2050: Systemic Alternatives (3 sections of 40 students), UCSB Winter 2023
- Introduction to Sociology (3 sections of 30 students), UCSB Fall 2021
- Introduction to Utopia (4 online encounters with 15 students), UFSC, Brazil, 2020
- Utopian Topics (extension course, 14 encounters, with 10-15 participants), UFSC, Brazil, 2017-2018