Steering Committee

Nancy Postero (Anthropology) and Sharon Rose (Linguistics) serve as the Institute's Co-Directors, working in collaboration with a Steering Committee of interested faculty.

The current ad hoc Steering Committee members are:

Nancy Postero

Biography:

Nancy Postero is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of California San Diego.  She is the Co-Director of UCSD’s Human Rights Program and Co-Director of its International Institute. She works at the intersection of politics, race, and political economy in Latin America, with a focus on Bolivia. She is the author of Now We Are Citizens: Indigenous Politics in Post-multicultural Bolivia (Stanford 2007) and The Indigenous State: Race, Politics, and Performance in Plurinational Bolivia (UC Press 2017). She is co-author with Leon Zamosc of The Struggle for Indigenous Rights in Latin America (Sussex Academic Press 2004) and with Mark Goodale of Neoliberalism, Interrupted: Social Change and Contested Governance in Contemporary Latin America (Stanford University Press 2013). Her newest collection, co-edited with Eli Elinoff and Nicole Fabricant, entitled Political Anthropology in the Age of Post-Politics, is forthcoming in Anthropological Theory.

Email: npostero@ucsd.edu 

Sharon Rose

Biography:

Sharon Rose is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, San Diego, and has served as Chair for the past three years. She previously held the position of Faculty Director for the UCSD Study Abroad Office. She received her B.A. from U. of Toronto, her M.A. from the Université du Québec à Montréal and her Ph.D. from McGill University.  She specializes in the study of phonology (sound systems) and African languages, with a focus on languages of Ethiopia and Sudan. She is the author of numerous articles in linguistics journals and books, and is currently writing a grammar of Moro, an endangered Sudanese language. 

Region of interest:

Africa – Ethiopia, Sudan

Research theme/topic:

African languages, phonology, languages in refugee/immigrant communities

Link to website: http://idiom.ucsd.edu/~rose/

Email: sxrose@ucsd.edu 

Pamela Radcliff

Biography:

Pamela Radcliff is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego, where she has also served as Chair for the past six years.  She received her B.A. from Scripps College (1979) and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University (1990).  She is a historian of Europe, with a focus on Spain, and trains most of the Ph.D.s in Modern Spanish history in the U.S.  She is the author of several books and numerous articles on social movements, gender and women’s politics and civil society in 20th century Spain.  She has published three single-authored books: From Mobilization to Civil War: the Politics of Polarization in the Spanish City of Gijon (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Making Democratic Citizens in Spain: Civil Society and the Popular Origins of the Transition, 1960-1978 (Palgrave, 2011) and A History of Modern Spain, 1808-Present (Wiley Blackwell, 2017).   

Region of interest:

Europe and Spain

Research theme/topic:

Social movements, women’s history, democratization, municipalism

Website: https://history.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/radcliff.html

Email: pradcliff@uscd.edu 

 

Maureen Feeley

Michael Provence

Akos Rona Tas

Biography:

Akos Rona-Tas (Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of two books. Great Surprise of the Small Transformation: Demise of Communism and Rise of the Private Sector in Hungary (University of Michigan Press) explored the economic roots of the peaceful collapse of communism and the subsequent market transition. Plastic Money: Constructing Markets for Credit Cards in Eight Postcommunist Countries (Stanford University Press with Alya Guseva) published in 2014 is a comparative historical study of market creation in Europe and Asia.  His other publications include articles in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Theory and Society, Socio-Economic Review, Social Science Research, Research on Sociology of Organizations, Journal of Comparative Economics, Research in the Sociology of Work, and Sociological Research and Methods. He is currently studying the problem of rationality and uncertainty in two different contexts: credit assessment and the use of science in food risk management and working on a book on the use of algorithms and human judgment in predicting human behavior.

Website: www.akosronatas.com

Email: aronatas@ucsd.edu 

 

Gershon Shafir

shafirBiography:

Gershon Shafir is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, and the Co-Director of its Human Rights Program. He received his B.A. from Tel Aviv University, and his Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Region of Interest:

His areas of interest are the Middle East, ethnicity, human rights, and citizenship. He is the author or editor of ten books, among them: Land, Labor, and the Origins of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1882-1914, co-author with Yoav Peled of Being Israeli: The Dynamics of Multiple Citizenship, which won the Middle Eastern Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Award in 2002, and most recently of A Half Century of Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict.

Research Themes/Topics:

He is currently engaged in a project which compares vigilantism, moral, panics, and racialization in Israel, the US, and Europe.

Website: http://socioweb.ucsd.edu/~gshafir/ 

Email: gshafir@ucsd.edu

David Pedersen

Erik Gartzke

egartskeBiography:

Erik Gartzke is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies (cPASS) at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been a member of the research faculty since 2007.  Previous permanent faculty positions include Columbia University in the City of New York (2000 to 2007) and the Pennsylvania State University (1997 to 2000).  He has held temporary positions at Dartmouth University, the Ecole des Affaires Internationales (Sciences Po), the Naval Postgraduate School, UC Santa Barbara and at the University of Essex.  Dr. Gartzke received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 1997. 


Professor Gartzke’s research focuses on war, peace and international institutions.  His interests include nuclear security, the liberal peace, alliances, uncertainty and war, deterrence theory, and the evolving technological nature of interstate conflict.  He has written on cyberwar, trade and conflict, and the effects of economic development, system structure and climate change on war.  Dr. Gartzke’s research has been published in numerous academic journals and edited volumes.  

Email: egartzke@ucsd.edu 

Jade d'Alpoim Guedes

jadeBiography:

Jade d'Alpoim Guedes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Dr. D’Alpoim Guedes is an environmental archaeologist and ethnobiologist who employs an interdisciplinary research program to understand how humans adapted their foraging practices and agricultural strategies to new environments and have developed resilience in the face of climatic and social change. She employs a variety of different methodologies in her research including archaeobotany, paleoclimate reconstruction and computational modeling. Dr. d’Alpoim Guedes’ primary region of focus is Asia, where she has worked extensively in China, but also has interests in Nepal, Thailand and Pakistan. Dr. d’Alpoim Guedes also works closely with crop scientists to examine the potential of landraces of traditional crops such as millet, wheat, barley and buckwheat for modern agricultural systems.

Research Theme / Topic: The origins and spread of agriculture, climate change

Region of Interest: Southwest China, Tibetan Plateau, South East Asia

Website: www.jadeguedes.com, http://anthro.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/faculty-profiles/jade-guedes.html, https://scripps.ucsd.edu/profiles/jguedes 

Email: jguedes@ucsd.edu 

Fatima El-Tayeb

Robert Edelman

edelmanBiography:

Robert Edelman is professor of Russian history and the history of sport at the University of California, San Diego.  He received his Ph.D from Columbia University in 1974.  His first two books were on aspects of late Imperial Russian political history.  In 1986, he shifted his interest to the study of Soviet sport which led the publication of two award-winning books on this subject -  Serious Fun: A History of Spectator Sports in the USSR (Oxford UP, 1993) and Spartak Moscow: A History of the People’s Team in a Workers’ State (Cornell UP, 2009).  He has published articles in The American Historical Review, The Journal of Modern History, Russian Review, Slavic Review and Hoop Magazine. He is co-director of an international research project on Cold War sports history under the auspices of the Cold War International Research Project and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Sports History (Oxford UP, 2017).  His work has been generously supported by the Academic Senate of UC, San Diego, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the German Historical Institute of Moscow, Pembroke College Cambridge, the Jordan Center for Advanced Russian Studies at New York University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The author wishes to thank Yuri Slezkine, Victoria Friede, Victoria Yablonsky, Steven Fagin, Christopher Young, Vladislav Zubok, Mikhail Prozumenshikov, Nicholas Edelman, Peter Beck, Anne Gorsuch, Sergei Bondarenko, Christian Ostermann, Louis Edelman, James Hershberg and one anonymous reader for the journal.

Email: redelman@ucsd.edu 

Martha Lampland

Javier Cepeda

Lane Kenworthy

lkenworthyBiography:

Lane Kenworthy is professor of sociology and Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought. He studies the causes and consequences of living standards, poverty, inequality, mobility, employment, economic growth, social policy, taxes, public opinion, and politics in the United States and other affluent countries. His books include Social Democratic Capitalism (forthcoming 2019), The Good Society (thegoodsociety.net), How Big Should Our Government Be? (2016, with Jon Bakija, Peter Lindert, and Jeff Madrick), Social Democratic America (2014), Progress for the Poor (2011), Jobs with Equality (2008), Egalitarian Capitalism (2004), and In Search of National Economic Success (1995).

Region of Interest: Rich democratic nations

Research Theme/Topic: Living standards, poverty, inequality, social policy, politics

Website: https://lanekenworthy.net 

Email: lane.kenworthy@gmail.com 

Now that we are up and running, we would like to expand our team to include faculty from across the divisions. We invite any interested faculty to join this Steering Committee. Please contact Nancy Postero.