Xiangming Chen is the founding Dean and director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Trinity College and the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology, as well as a distinguished guest professor at Fudan University in Shanghai.  He received his B.A. from Beijing Foreign Studies University and his Ph.D. in sociology from Duke University. He is a co-author, with Anthony Orum, of The World of Cities: Places in Comparative and Historical Perspective (Blackwell, 2003); the author of As Borders Bend: Transnational Spaces on the Pacific Rim (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005); the editor of and primary contributor to Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity (University of Minnesota Press, 2009); the lead editor, with Ahmed Kanna, of Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities (Routledge, 2012); a co-author, with Anthony Orum and Krista Paulsen, of Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012); the lead editor, with Nick Bacon, of Confronting Urban Legacy: Rediscovering Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities (Lexington Books, 2013); and a co-editor, with Sharon Zukin and Philip Kasinitz, of Global Cities, Local Streets (Routledge, forthcoming).

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Carlos Espinosa is the director of Trinfo.Café at Trinity College and is responsible for coordinating activities, developing programming, and building relationships with more than 120 local organizations participating in the project. He received his B.A. in educational studies and sociology (1996) and then an M.A. in public policy in 1998 from Trinity College. Carlos is the first Trinity student to participate in the Trinity Center for Neighborhood’s (TCN) community organizer training program while completing his master’s degree at Trinity. Through TCN Carlos worked for Hartford Areas Rally Together, organizing disenfranchised neighborhood residents. He previously served as a policy analyst and lobbyist for the Center for Community Change in Washington, D.C. Upon returning to Connecticut, Carlos helped found the Caring Families Coalition, a statewide advocacy group aimed at affecting public policy on health issues as it relates to caregivers.

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Mustafa Ibraheem began his career in literary studies as an undergraduate at Almamoon College in Iraq where he wrote a thesis on political geography and its effect on the construction of cities. As a graduate student at Baghdad University (2001-2003), he wrote a Masters’ thesis on globalization and cities focusing on how globalization affects Arabic and Islamic cities. In his doctoral studies (2006-2009), he focused on spatial development by local management using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  At Baghdad University, Professor Ibraheem has taught courses on the application of GIS to urban and environment planning. He has participated in more than ten international conferences and fifty national conferences. He has written research GIS applications in urban and environmental planning. He also has over 15 publications related to urban planning and GIS.

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Uladzimir Kananovich is  Belarusian scholar of medieval and early modern East-Central European history.  He received his Master’s degree in medieval history from Central European University in Budapest and his doctorate from the Institute of History at the Belarusian Academy of Sciences in Minsk. He worked as a researcher at the Institute during 1994-2004.  He then moved to the National Historical Archives of Belarus as a senior archivist.  He later taught courses on the history of culture and socio-political thought at the Belarusian State Pedagogical University. More recently, Uladzimir was an associate professor of humanities at the A.M. Shirikov Institute of Modern Knowledge in Minsk.  His current research focuses on favoritism and trust in medieval and early modern society in the context of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Speaking six languages, Uladzimir has held post-doctoral and visiting scholar positions in Poland, Germany, and France. 

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Garth A. Myers, associated with the Center for Urban and Global Studies, is the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies. Garth Myers earned a Ph.D. in Geography (1993) from UCLA with an allied field in Urban Planning. Myers has an M.A. (UCLA, 1986) in African Area Studies, with Geography and Urban Planning as the major and minor fields, and a BA with Honors in History from Bowdoin College, with concentrations in African and African-American History. He has taught at the University of Kansas, University of Nebraska-Omaha, Miami University (Ohio), California State University at Dominguez Hills, and UCLA. Myers is comfortable with large lecture classes and small seminars. His teaching philosophy rests on a belief in student engagement; the best learning takes place in engaged classrooms, where the professor facilitates student discussion and debate. Myers has conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Finland, and the UK over the past 20 years, and he regularly uses his research to inform his teaching.

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Rosangelica Rodriguez is the Program Coordinator at Trinfo Café. She is in charge of supervising student workers, coordinating computer literacy and youth programming. She Received a B.S in Environmental Science and minored in Hispanic Studies. Born in Venezuela but raised in New York City, Rosangelica moved to Hartford in 2011 to attend Trinity College.  She spent the summer after her freshman year traveling along the Mekong River visiting China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. She also studied abroad in Kenya and Tanzania studying wildlife management and conservation. She will be completing her graduate studies here at Trinity College, undertaking the museum and community’s concentration of the American Studies program.

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Teresita "Terry" Romero joined the Center for Urban and Global Studies in February 2010.  She is currently the assistant to the dean of the Center.  She graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Sociology and minored in Medieval/Renaissance Studies.  She is currently pursuing a masters in English at Trinity College.  Terry has over 10 years of administrative experience in industries such as the legal, the environmental consulting, and the insurance fields.  She is excited to bring her experience to the Center.

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