Staff


 
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).

Isabella Elizalde is the graduate assistant at Trinfo Café. She supervises student workers and coordinates all of Trinfo’s computer literacy and youth programming. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Studio Arts in 2012. Prior to becoming the graduate assistant she worked in the Fine Arts department as the Fifth Year Fellow. Originally from Los Angeles, Isabella moved to Hartford in 2008 to begin her college career. She has studied abroad in Trinidad and Tobago and to Paris, France, where she produced a series of photo pertaining to the culture and people of each country. She is currently working on a photo essay about Park Street.


​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.
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.
(860) 297-5175
mustafa.ibraheem@trincoll.edu





Marilyn A. Murphy is the office coordinator at the Center for Urban and Global Studies. Marilyn graduated from Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont, receiving her associates of science degree in 1969. She has spent the last 20 years working for the Office of Graduate Studies, the Individualized Degree Program, the Special Student Program, and Summer School Program; all of which afforded her the opportunity to work closely with adult and traditional-age students. During her years at Trinity she also worked with the summer school dance program, Vistas, and the summer Elderhostel programs. Prior to joining Trinity she spent 18 years working for physicians in the Hartford area. While her children were young, Marilyn was an active volunteer in the Wethersfield Junior Women’s Club as second vice president, actively participating in fund-raising events.












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.
(860) 297-2471
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.

Jason Rojas is director of community relations at Trinity College. In this capacity, Jason has drawn on his extensive background in community relations, including his work with the Connecticut Commission on Community Service, where he partnered with nonprofit organizations in the city of Hartford. Jason also serves on the boards of directors for two nonprofit housing development organizations in Hartford. Moreover, he has gained vital community relations experience through his service as an elected official in the town of East Hartford, where he was a member of the board of education and the town council. Jason is currently a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly. As director of community relations at Trinity, he draws from this extensive experience in community relations and works to help strengthen Trinity’s deep and strong connections to the city of Hartford and the surrounding region. Jason earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Connecticut and earned a master’s degree in public policy at Trinity in 2012.
(860) 297-4166