Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and serves as the Chair of the Graduate Group in Development Engineering and Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Regions. Agogino has served in a number of other administrative positions including Chair of the UC Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Associate Dean of Engineering and Director of the Instructional Technology Program. She also served as Director for the Synthesis Engineering Education Coalition and continues as PI for theDesignExchange educational portal. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has served on a number of committees of the National Academies, including the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine. With over 280 peer-reviewed publications, Agogino has supervised 157 MS projects/theses, 50 doctoral dissertations and numerous undergraduate researchers. She has won numerous teaching, best paper and research awards, including 2017 ASME Design Theory and Methodology Award, 2015 ASME Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Design Educator Award “, AAAS Lifetime Mentoring Award, 2013; Pi Tau Sigma Professor of the Year, 2011; Chancellor’s Community Service Award, 2010; Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, 2007.
Chetan Chowdhry manages and serves as the Lead Academic Advisor for the Global Poverty & Practice Minor. Prior to joining the Blum Center team, Chetan served as a Graduate Coordinator with the University of Maryland Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy Office. He holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Environmental Analysis & Design from UC Irvine.
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Fatmir Haskaj holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD from The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. His areas of specialization include political economy, development, critical theory and urban studies. His first manuscript, Necroeconomies: The Political Economy of Genocide, focuses primarily on genocide, ethnic cleansing, humanitarianism and development in the Balkans. His most recent article, Manufacturing Subsovereignty: Philosophy, Politics and Primitive Accumulation, grows out of this project, examining the relationship between sovereignty, global political economy, labor, the construction of a liberal humanist subject and the ways in which these forces intersect with humanitarian development, aid and interventions. Recently, he has begun researching and writing on increasing inequality within the United States primarily around housing, land tenure and development, a process that has resulted in a second project, Community Gardens: From Radicals to Rent Hike, that explores the history and character of gentrification in New York City. He teaches classes in social theory, globalization, development, immigration and race and ethnic relations.
Khalid Kadir is a lecturer at UC Berkeley, teaching in the International and Area Studies Teaching Program as well as the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley’s most prestigious honor for teaching. As a faculty member in the Global Poverty and Practice Minor, Khalid teaches sections of GPP 105 and GPP 196. In addition to his technical work as an engineer, Khalid studies the broader implications of water and wastewater treatment and how these relate to international development and poverty alleviation. In this vein his work focuses on the role of expertise in water related development projects and how “expert” knowledge plays a role in the politics of development.
Cecilia Lucas is a Lecturer in the UC Berkeley Peace and Conflict Studies Department and Global Poverty and Practice Minor, where she teaches sections of GPP 196. Her interdisciplinary research sits at the intersection of Education, Ethnic Studies and Performance Studies, and examines issues related to white U.S. citizens’ engagement with racial justice and decolonization projects. She received her MA and PhD from the Social and Cultural Studies program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and holds a BFA in Theater and Performance Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Clare Talwalker is a Lecturer in the International & Area Studies Teaching Program. She teaches courses on qualitative methods, global poverty action, human rights, South Asia and economic anthropology. She has advised student groups including Haath Mein Sehat (water and sanitation in India) and Bare Abundance (food justice in the Bay Area).