Drew Gamboa currently studies at Washington State University, where research interests focus on relational experiences amongst agricultural workers during the twentieth century and residual effects of U.S. social programs marked partly through civil rights and community action initiatives. Through studying the movement of agricultural workers from a culturally-based relational approach—mostly in the earlier half of the twentieth century—Drew hopes to open up complexities within migrant experiences that creates a fuller picture of the lives and interactions generated amongst agricultural workers.
At the University of Washington, Drew studied history, political science, and labor as an undergraduate student and cultural studies as an MA student. Drew has found involvement with heritage and advocacy projects pertaining to Latinx, farm working, and rural communities in the Pacific Northwest. Much of Drew’s work life has moved across varying roles—being fortunate to have experienced opportunities in food and hospitality, social service settings, health administration, and higher education.