GPP People

Clare Talwalker, Global Poverty and Practice Vice Chair

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).

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Chetan Chowdhry, Director of Student Programs

Chetan Chowdhry serves as an Advisor for the Global Poverty & Practice Minor. Additionally, he coordinates workshops and events to support the success of students in the 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, Faculty

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, Faculty

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. 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.

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Cecilia Cissell Lucas, Faculty

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.

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