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

Abbas Varij Kazemi is a visiting scholar and assistant professor of sociology at the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College. Kazemi earned his M.A in the sociology of religious intellectual movements from the University of Tehran and completed his Ph.D. in cultural sociology from the same university in 2005. His dissertation focused on local shopping centers and Tehranian everyday life. From 2005 to 2010 he served as assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tehran. His teaching and research focuses on media, urban spaces and everyday life in Iran and sociology of modern Islam. He is the author of Sociology of the Religious Intellectual Movement in Iran (Taarh – e- No, 2004) and Measures of Religiosity in Iran (2008), Cultural Studies, Cultural Consumption and Everyday Life (Jahat, 2007), and Iranian Everyday Life (Asheyan, 2008). Dr. Kazemi is a writer of a large number of essays in public and intellectual newspapers and magazines in Iran. During 2012-2013, he worked and taught in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. At Trinity Collage he will teach a course for the Department of Sociology and the International Studies program in spring 2014 and carries out research at the Center for Urban and Global Studies.
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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

Affiliated Staff - Office of Study Away

Eleanor Emerson is program coordinator in the Office of International Programs (OIP) under the Center for Urban and Global Studies. She works as a study-abroad adviser for Africa, Latin America, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand, and assists with foreign-student advising. Eleanor received her B.A. from Simmons College in international relations and Spanish. She has lived abroad in Spain and worked in various global capacities, assisting refugees seeking political asylum and later in the field of educational travel and airline relations. She has travelled to 56 countries on five continents. Michelle Kollen is the program coordinator at the Office of International Programs working with summer study away and outreach. Michelle received her Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and her Bachelor's in Political Science and Economics from Saint Joseph's University. While an undergraduate, she studied abroad in London, where she developed an interest in international education. After graduate school, she worked as a Study Abroad Advisor for Arcadia University before moving to the Netherlands for nearly ten years. She lived in both the Hague and Leiden and learned the Dutch language fluently working in telecommunications and IT in the private sector. She is thrilled to be returning to the field of study abroad and higher education. Michelle will be working with students and faculty on the development, advising, and administration of Trinity summer programs, as well as advising on non-Trinity summer study away options.
(860) 297-2387

Anne Lundberg is director of urban programs and fellowships at the center. She works with students, faculty and local organizations involved in course-based community learning, and also oversees a variety of student research and graduate fellowship programs. Anne was a member of the Hartford Studies Project and taught for seven years in the Cities Program. She has served on numerous campus committees and planning groups since coming to Trinity in 1985. Outside the College, Anne has represented Trinity on the SINA Education Committee, in the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, and in the National Society for Experiential Education. She has served on boards of the Trinity College Community Child Center, the Trinity-Asylum Hill Arts Project, and Leadership Greater Hartford Alumni. She graduated with the class of 1988 from Leadership Greater Hartford. She has also served as a commissioner on the West Hartford Historic District Commission and is a member of the Citizens Network of the Capital Region. Anne holds an A.B. in history from Smith College, as well as graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Trinity College.
(860) 297-2382

Brandon Lussier is a former Fulbright scholar and current NEA fellow for literary translation. He has studied at Kings College, London, spent his Fulbright year translating literature in Estonia, and received an MFA in creative writing and literary translation from San Diego State University. He was, for four years, Assistant Director of International Programs at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he also taught global studies and creative writing courses. He has spoken about study abroad best practices at the Association of International Educators conference and about literary translation at Princeton University and the American Literary Translators' Association. In addition to his work in International Programs at Trinity, he continues to write, translate, and publish poetry with recent publications in the Harvard Review, The Columbia Review, and elsewhere. He is co-authoring the introduction to an anthology of Estonian poetry to be published by the University of New Orleans Press in 2012. Brandon is working with Trinity's Rome Campus and other programs in Italy, as well as programs in England and Japan. In addition, he is overseeing the web and technology for the office, as well as handling statistical reports.
(860) 297-2364

Lisa Sapolis is director of international programs at Trinity. She received her bachelor’s degree in Russian area studies in 1990 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her master’s degree in education from Boston College in 2004, graduating with distinction with specializations in international education and counseling. Lisa studied abroad for six months in Russia and received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at University College London in 1991-1992. She worked previously as a study-abroad program coordinator at Iowa State University, from 1994-1999, and as an international study adviser and later assistant director at Boston College, from 1999-2004. She served as an associate director in the Office of International Programs at Trinity from 2004 to 2008. Lisa has traveled to more than 35 countries.

Melissa Scully joined the Office of International Programs as an administrative assistant in spring 2008. Melissa graduated from Roger Williams University in 2006 with a bachelors of arts in history and a minor in political science. In the spring of 2005, she studied in Florence, Italy, where she completed a core concentration in Italian studies. Melissa has previously worked with political campaigns in Connecticut and Rhode Island.