Steering Committee

Nancy Postero (Anthropology) serves as the Institute's first Director, working in collaboration with a Steering Committee of interested faculty.

The current ad hoc Steering Committee members are:

Pamela Radcliff


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


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Prashant Bhajardwaj

Maureen Feeley

Michael Provence

Akos Rona Tas




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.



Sharon Rose



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:



Gershon Shafir

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.