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
(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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Cummins is an interdisciplinary sociologist with specializations in urban
studies, ethnography, and planning. She completed her PhD in sociology at
Northeastern University in Boston in 2016. Her work is broadly concerned with
the politics of the built environment in redeveloping cities, examining how the
technical aspects of planning articulate with our social and political world.
Based on ethnographic fieldwork in the city of Detroit her most recent project
looks at that various ways that narratives of a “future city” and grand plans
for revitalization reconfigure racialized inequality in the present. Prior to
this, Emily lived in southern New Mexico and worked on a number of border
justice issues, including examining strategies to upgrade city services like
electricity and water in the colonias, or the so-called informal neighborhoods
along the U.S./Mexico border, as well as working with fair trade advocates and
women’s sewing cooperatives from Chiapas, Mexico. She has published several
articles in scholarly journals that utilize ethnography and combine elements
from these various projects.
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.
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.
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.
"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 recently received her
masters in English at Trinity College and is now pursuing her masters in Public Policy at Trinity. Her aim is to study which, as well as how, narratives inform both policy makers and policy implementers. Terry has over 15 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.
Jane Switchenko spent much of her youth traveling, and lived in many locations across the United States. A figure skater most of her life, and later a professional choreographer and instructor, Jane competed for many years before coaching in the Lake Tahoe area and attending The University of Nevada, Reno. Returning to New England, she and her husband raised three, now grown, children. She attended Smith College before transferring into the Trinity College American Studies program. After completing her degree, with a theme in education, Jane worked in her local public schools, and briefly in sales and marketing, before returning to the Trinity College Office of Study Away. She recently moved to the Center for Urban and Global Sudies as the Student Program Coordinator for research projects. She has always made the most of her time on campus, finding most gratifying her experience as a tutor for Bantu Somali refugees at the Trinity College House of Peace. She is thrilled to now be assisting students who might make the world a better place through their field work!