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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).

Read more about Xiangming Chen.

xiangming.chen@trincoll.edu






​Julie Gamble, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, is an urbanist, feminist, and Latin American scholar. She has taught at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, where she still holds an affiliated position. Her research is engaged with transit infrastructure, social justice, and gendered politics in Latin American cities. Julie’s work draws from multiple methods to study urban environments, paying special attention to how people and objects help create cities. She holds a Ph.D. and Master in City and Regional Planning (M.C.P.) from the Department of City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Northwestern University. Her pedagogy is informed by feminist and social justice readings that aim to empower students to actively participate in both small seminars and large lectures. 

julie.gamble@trincoll.edu


​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.

(860) 297-4277

carlos.espinosa@trincoll.edu








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) 297-4273










Gabby Nelson is the Administrative Assistant at the Center for Urban and Global Studies. Gabby graduated fromUConn with a B.A . in urban studies and minor in Spanish in 2017. While at UConn, Gabby served as President of the UConn chapter of She's the First, a nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships and mentorship to help girls around the world graduate high school. She also interned with Hartford Food System and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. After graduating, Gabby worked as a legal assistant prior to joining CUGS.

(860)-297-2629

gabriell.nelson@trincoll.edu

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Emily Yen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Urban and Global Studies. She is an interdisciplinary sociologist coming out of the UCLA Sociology doctoral program. She is a Smith alumna, Mellon Mays Fellow, and Port of Los Angeles Fellow.

As an urban ethnographer, she utilizes a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods that include ethnography, interviewing, survey research, network analysis, and filmmaking. Her research focuses on grassroots organizing and organizational change at the ports in Southern California. She is developing her first book manuscript derived from her dissertation entitled, "Invisible Industries: The Politics of Port Development in Southern California."

Building sustainable communities that embody the principles of social and economic justice is vital to her research, teaching, mentorship, art, and public engagement. She values experiential learning and was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at UCLA.

emily.yen@trincoll.edu