Global Metropolitan Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The twenty-first century is very likely to be an urban century, with more people around the world residing in metropolitan regions than in any other form of human settlement. This urbanization is taking place in both the global North and the global South. Its implications are widespread: from environmental challenges to entrenched patterns of segregation to new configurations of politics and social movements. The Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative is concerned with this urban condition. This multidisciplinary endeavor brings together many faculty and supports research. It is one of a handful of strategic initiatives selected by the UC Berkeley campus to mark a new generation of scholarship and to consolidate an emerging academic field.

Undergraduate Program

There is no undergraduate program in Global Metropolitan Studies.

Graduate Program

Global Metropolitan Studies: Designated Emphasis (DE)

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Courses

Global Metropolitan Studies

GMS 200 Global Metropolitan Studies: Introduction to Theories, Histories, and Methods 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The investigation of modern cities presents great challenges for social and urban theory. This seminar addresses these challenges through a multidisciplinary perspective that structures the discussion in terms of a history of metropolitan transformations, global urbanization, and the production and regulation of cities as spaces of contestation and creativity.

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GMS 201 Research Seminar in Comparative Urban Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This core seminar for the Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies offers an in-depth examination of contemporary research topics, data and methods, recent research findings, and challenges in specific subfields of international urban studies. Emphasis will be placed upon the discussion and improvement of students' dissertation chapters.

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GMS C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.,Terms offered: Fall 2013
This course
will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.
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GMS C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.,Terms offered: Fall 2013
This course
will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.
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GMS C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.,Terms offered: Fall 2013
This course
will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.
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GMS C203 Urban and Subnational Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.,Terms offered: Fall 2013
This course
will consider the political and institutional environment in which efforts to address metropolitan problems are developed, the financial and institutional vehicles used to provide services of different types, and the role of political parties and other forms of political organization in the development and allocation of services. Emphasis will be placed upon fertile areas for research within the social sciences.
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GMS 299 Independent Study or Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study or research program; must be worked out with GMS faculty in advance of signing up for credits.

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Faculty and Instructors

+Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor. Access to water, sanitation, and other basic services, local and regional envirnonmental sustainability, public participation and collaborative governance.
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Christopher Ansell, Professor. Political science, social movements, political sociology, network analysis, organization theory, public administration, political parties, Western Europe.
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Sarah F. Anzia, Associate Professor. U.S. local and state politics, public sector unions, women in politics, public employee pensions.
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Alexandre M. Bayen, Professor. Modelling and control of distributed parameters systems: large scale infrastructure systems, transportation, water distribution.
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Teresa Caldeira, Professor. Comparative urban studies, urbanization in the global south, social theory, ethnography. qualitative methodology.
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Anthony J. Cascardi, Professor. English, comparative literature, literature, Spanish, Portuguese, philosophy, aesthetics, early modern literature, French, Spanish Baroque.
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Ralph Catalano, Professor. Mental health services, economic antecendents, stress related illness.
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Karen Chapple, Professor. Poverty, economic development, regional planning, metropolitan spatial patterns, labor markets, community development, neighborhood change, gentrification.
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Sharad Chari, Associate Professor. Social theory, political economy, development, agrarian studies, labor and work, racial/sexual capitalism, Black radical tradition, biopolitical struggle, oceanic humanities, photography, South Asia, South Africa, Indian Ocean.
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Daniel Chatman, Associate Professor. Land use and development policies, public transportation services, travel patterns and residential choices of immigrants to the U.S.
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Jason Corburn, Associate Professor. Urban health, informal settlements, global public health, urban climate change, environmental impact assessment, mediation, environmental justice.
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C. Greig Crysler, Associate Professor. Architecture, geopolitics of architectural discourse, globalization and social production of the built environment, architecture and identity.
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Iryna Dronova, Assistant Professor. Urbanization, remote sensing, spatial analysis, urban heat exposure, green infrastructure, resilience, restoration, wetland and urban landscape ecology.
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Frederico S. Finan, Associate Professor. Applied microeconomics, development economics, political economy.
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Daniel Fisher, Associate Professor. Social-cultural anthropology, media, music and sound, photography and cinema, Australia.
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Karen T. Frick, Associate Professor. Transportation policy and planning, major infrasctructure projects, American politics and conservative views about planning.
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Mia Fuller, Associate Professor. Anthropology, Italy, fascism, urban design, architecture, Italian colonialism.
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Ashok Gadgil, Professor. Drinking water treatment, innovation, social placement of technology, systems thinking, energy efficiency, global impact, developing world.
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Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Assistant Professor. Development economics, urban economics, subway infastructure, rural land tilting, road infrastructure, crime, and political economy.
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Maria Paz Gutierrez, Associate Professor. Natural materials innovation, resilient buildings, multiscale design.
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Mark Hansen, Professor. Transportation economics, policy and planning, air transportation, public transportation.
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Eva Harris, Professor. Molecular virology, pathogenesis, immunology, epidemiology, scientific capacity building in developing countries.
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David Henkin, Professor. America since 1607: 19th century, urban, cultural.
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James Holston, Professor. Citizenship, Brazil, architecture, law, planning, the United States, cities, democracy, political and social anthropology, urban ethnography, the Americas.
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Arpad Horvath, Professor. Life cycle assessment, LCA, sustainability, green design, transportation, water, construction, biofuels, energy, environmental management, infrastructure systems.
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You-Tien Hsing, Professor. China, geography, political economy of development in East Asia, the process of international economic restructuring, cultural and institutional configuration in the processes of Taiwanese direct investment, growth in Chinese cities, business networks.
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Daniel Kammen, Professor. Climate Change, Engineering, Environment, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Energy Forecasting, Health and Environment, International R&D Policy, Race and Gender, Rural Resource Management.
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Adib Kanafani, Professor of the Graduate School. Transportation economics, air transportation, transportation planning, transportation systems analysis, aviation policy and planning, urban and regional planning.
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Randy H. Katz, Professor. Trusted and reliable network computing, smart cities, data science, smart buildings, smart grids.
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G. Mathias Kondolf, Professor. Ecological restoration, landscape architecture, environmental planning, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, environmental geology, environmental impact assessment, riparian zone management.
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Michel Laguerre, Professor. Globalization, information technology, urban studies.
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Amy E. Lerman, Associate Professor. Politics, criminal justice, privatization, public opinion, and political behavior.
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Elizabeth S. Macdonald, Associate Professor. Urban design.
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Samer M. Madanat, Professor. Transportation systems analysis, transportation infrastructure management, transportation sustainability.
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Rachel Morello-Frosch, Professor. Structural determinants of environmental health disparities, air pollution and perinatal outcomes, environmental justice, social movements, science, and environmental health policy-making.
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Aihwa Ong, Professor. Cultural anthropology, anthropology, transnationalism, citizenship, global cities, migration, Southeast Asia, urbanism.
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Alison Post, Assistant Professor. Regulation, infrastructure, water and sanitation.
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Paul M. Rabinow, Professor. Cultural anthropology, philosophy of human and life sciences, modernity, the contemporary, France.
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Isha Ray, Associate Professor. Water and development; Gender, water and sanitation; technology and development.
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Lee Riley, Professor. Molecular epidemiology, drug resistance in Gram-negative bacteria, tuberculosis, rapid diagnostic test development, field epidemiology and global health research focused on diseases of urban slums.
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Daniel Rodriguez, Professor. Public transportation, urban sustainability, urban health, environment and health impacts of traveler behaviors.
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Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, Professor. Poverty, gangs, crime, violence, race and ethnic relations.
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Stefano Schiavon, Associate Professor. Sustainable building design, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, ebergy simulation, post-occupancy evaluation.
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Raja Sengupta, Professor. Transportation, wireless communications, inertial navigation for vehicle systems.
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Sandra Smith, Associate Professor. Trust, urban poverty, joblessness, race and ethnic inequality, social capital and social networks.
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Claire Snell-Rood, Assistant Professor. Family and community influences on health promotion, gender and mental health, social inequality, stigma and health, rural U.S., and South Asia.
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Kenichi Soga, Professor. Infrastructure sensing, geotechnical structures, ground engineering, soil and granular mechanics, deep geomechanics, energy and engineering sustainability, soil-bio interaction, geoenvironmental engineering.
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Mark Stacey, Professor. Climate change, coastal erosion, critical infrastructure resiliency, fluid dynamics.
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Nicolas Tackett, Associate Professor. Chinese elite society (9th to 11th century), Late Tang capital cities, Song-Liao border during the 11th century, death and death rituals.
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Cihan Ziya Tugal, Associate Professor. Political sociology, social movements, religion, Islam and the Middle East, culture, poverty and class, social theory, ethnography.
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Loic Wacquant, Professor. Urban inequality and marginality, incarnation and habitus, the penal state, ethnoracial domination, politics of reason, classical and contemporary social theory.
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Paul Waddell, Professor. Urban economics, land use and transportation, urban simulation, urban informatics, visualization.
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Joan Walker, Professor. Behavioral modeling, with an expertise in discrete choice analysis and travel behavior.
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Jennifer Wolch, Professor. Sustainable urbanism, urban design and public health, poverty and homelessness, human-animal studies.
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Winnie Won Yin Wong, Associate Professor. Labor and creativity, modern and contemporary art, intellectual property, China studies, consumer cultures.
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Wen-Hsin Yeh, Professor. Asian history, East Asian studies, Qing and Modern China, Shanghai.
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Emeritus Faculty

Robert B. Cervero, Professor Emeritus. Transportation planning, city and regional planning, transportation and land use, transportation and urban development, international transportation.
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Karen Christensen, Professor Emeritus. Evaluation, intergovernmental relations, city and regional planning, housing policy, planning theory, organizational theory.
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Jan De Vries, Professor Emeritus. Economics, demography, history.
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Elizabeth A. Deakin, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, city and regional planning, transportation policy, planning and analysis, land use policy and planning; legal and regulatory issues, institutions and organizations, energy and the environment, new technologies.
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Peter Evans, Professor Emeritus. Sociology.
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Paul Groth, Professor Emeritus. Architecture, vernacular architecture, urban geography, suburban America, cultural landscape studies, housing (US).
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Michael Hanneman, Professor Emeritus.

Judith E. Innes, Professor Emeritus. Innovation, governance, collaborative planning and policy making, regionalism, interpretive methods, complexity and adaptation.
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Michael Southworth, Professor Emeritus. Management, analysis, design, city and regional planning, landscape architecture, environmental planning, morphology of the post-industrial city, design of public space.
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Richard Walker, Professor Emeritus. Race, environment, urbanism, politics, geography, resources, economic geography, regional development, capitalism, cities, California, class.
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Margaret M. Weir, Professor Emeritus. Political science, political sociology, sociology, American political development, urban politics and policy, comparative studies of the welfare state, metropolitan inequalities, city-suburban politics in the United States.
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Contact Information

Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies

226 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-643-6440

globalmetrostudies@berkeley.edu

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Co-director

Teresa Caldeira, PhD (City and Regional Planning)

tcaldeira@berkeley.edu

Co-director

Alison Post

aepost@berkeley.edu

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