25 Years

Teaching Faculty & Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars

Calkivik, Asli

Visiting Scholar

Assistant Professor

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Asli received her PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota in 2010. Currently she is an assistant professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University. Working on the intersection of political theory and international relations, in her research, Asli probes into questions pertaining to international security, war and violence in social and political thought, politics of time, post-colonial and post-structural perspectives on global politics. 

Dantas do Amaral, Raquel

Visiting Scholar

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Raquel is Brazilian and received her Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism in her city Fortaleza in 2004. She got her title Master of Science in Urban Management from the Technology University of Berlin in 2008. After finishing her master course, she returned to Brazil and has worked for 3 years at State Government of Ceara enrolled in a development Project financed by Interamerican Development Bank (IDB). This period instigated her to comprehend better the role of development banks, so she initiated her PhD program in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of University of São Paulo in Brazil in 2014. During her third year of Phd research she has the opportunity to enjoy the ICGC scholar community to exchange ideas about these global institutions of power and their relation with the state, focusing in urban and regional planning issues.  She will also be working with Michael Goldman, ICGC affiliated faculty member in the Department of Sociology.  

do Nascimento Nganga , João Gabriel

Visiting Scholar

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João Gabriel is Brazilian and received his Bachelor degree in History in his homeown of Uberlândia in 2011.  
He holds a Masters Degree in History from the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU). He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History, with research on black activism in confronting racism through audiovisual productions, proposing a dialogue between Brazil and the United States. 

João Gabriel is currently working as associate researcher at the Center for Afro-Brazilian Studies at the Federal University of Uberlândia (NEAB-UFU).   He is also a cultural producer, working in the elaboration, production and development of socio-educational-cultural projects, with emphasis on Afro-Brazilian Culture. He also has experience teaching high school courses in improvement and specializations. His current work focuses mainly on the following topics: racial diversity, identities, social imagery, racism, media, youth, black activism and education for ethnic-racial relations. 

Frye, Tim

Visiting Scholar

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Tim Frye is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his BA in Psychology and Spanish Studies from the University of Minnesota, and completed coursework at the Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, and the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil. He completed his MA in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, where he began his research on the intersections of literature, the environment, and human rights in Latin America. As an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow at ICGC, he builds on an interest in large infrastructure, megaprojects, and the writers who unpack, reinterpret, and contest their relation to the environment. His work compares 20th century writers from three distinct and interrelated regions (Panama, Nicaragua, and Amazonian Brazil) that have, and continue to undergo colossal movements of land and water due to these megaprojects: the Panama Canal, the Gran Canal Interoceánico de Nicaragua, and the Zona Franca in Manaus, Brazil. Tim continues to conduct fieldwork and archival work in Panama, Nicaragua, and Amazonian Brazil, collaborating with scholars and artists who document in disparate ways the effects of megaprojects on local communities.

Genis , Serife

Visiting Scholar, Teaching Faculty

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Serife received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2004. She worked as assistant professor at several universities in Turkey between 2005-2009 and visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Sociology Department during 2009-2011. Currently she is an associate professor at the Sociology Department at Adnan Menderes University, Turkey. Her research focuses on the politics of global city making, urban transformation policies and their effects on socio-spatial inequalities, gated communities and privatization of urban space. Her work appeared in journals such as Urban Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Bilig and Toplum ve Bilim. She serves on the editorial board of Ideal Kent, Journal of Turkish Urban Studies and Heretik Publishing House.

Highman , Kate

Visiting Scholar

Layne, Valmont

Visiting Scholar

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I was born in District Six, Cape Town and grew up on the Cape Flats in the 1970s. My formative journey to adulthood is contained in this historical frame – the triumphant years of Grand Apartheid, the destruction of black urban neighbourhoods, the bannings and repression and the rise of a radical new generation in 1976.

For me, the critique of inequality under Apartheid took a decidedly cultural one – being frogmarched to the segregated Nico Malan Theatre Centre (now Artscape) as a primary school child brought home to me the possibility of acting against cultural apartheid.  In my extended family constellation one finds a cast of farmworkers, factory workers, and teachers. As a young boy, I realised I had a singular talent for reading, writing, and music – and kept vivid memories of the sights, sounds and characters as the cosmopolitan life in District gave way to monoculture dormitory townships in Bontheheuwel, Parkwood, and Hanover Park. 

I became part of the radicalised youth of the Cape Flats, quickly finding a political angle to my musical longings, and discovering black South African urban music – jazz, soul, mbaqanga, carnival - and its insistence on securing a place for all South Africans in its cities – something Apartheid would deny. 

I became a young university student, musician and member of cultural movements during the 1970s and 1980s. I encountered absences and continuities and a world of creative possibilities through reading and through listening to music and through gradually rejecting the SABC’s attempts to mould my auditory landscape – sometimes against the grain of my own poorly formed aesthetic and audible sensibility. Other absences were triggered –notably that of jazz in the vernacular idiom as my young ears attuned to an aesthetic sensibility that lay beyond the black American music to which I aspired as a teenager. I started to realise this in an aesthetically loaded gesture even at the tender age.

I started a lifelong lesson in the enabling possibilities that came into play when vernacular sensibility was given expression in a creative encounter with new global cultural expression. Crucially, the question would grow into a concern with the vernacular as a category of agency from which people could assert by vocalising and visualising – seeking an integration of the everyday and the extraordinary, the vernacular and the festive/ carnivalesque.

I completed an MA Thesis on the history of jazz and dance band music in postwar South Africa – in the process combining political economy and cultural critique.

It should come as no surprise, then, that I ended up working as a Sound Archivist at the District Six Museum, a harbinger of a new museum practice, pro poor in its orientation, throwing away the museum ‘textbook’ and conceiving of the museum as a place of community development, advocating for land restitution and social justice in Cape Town. I spent a decade developing a dialogue with colleagues and scholars in a new Museum practice that would revitalise the notion of the museum – at a time when the turn towards the ‘living museum’, it turned out, was a global one and not confined to the new South Africa.

In fact, this search for a new relevance affects every cultural institution. In the late 2000s, I worked for a major national arts festival where an analogous set of challenges came to the fore – this time about a relevant festival practice that could transcend the limitations of race that all institutions inherit from the recent past. It is a question which bedevils debates about institutional transformation, but it is at the heart of the question of the post apartheid – how to transcend apartheid at a fine grain, working not with grand narratives, but with everyday practice building institutions of public culture?

Marwah , Anuradha

Visiting Scholar

Anuradha Marwah is an author and academic and identifies herself as a feminist. She has written three novels - The Higher Education of Geetika Mehendiratta (1993); Idol Love (1999); and Dirty Picture (2008) - that explore Indian women's negotiations with the fast globalising nation and society. Her plays have been performed in various cities in India and also in Stockholm. Her latest play, 'Ismat's Love Stories’, which is about the feminist writer Ismat Chughtai's mercurial relationship with Saadat Hasan Manto, was shortlisted for the Hindu Playwright Award 2016 and has had several shows. She has also written short stories, poems, television scripts and popular and academic articles.

Anuradha Marwah is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Zakir Husain Delhi College, Delhi University. She teaches Indian Writing in English, Creative Writing, and Drama and Performance and researches the market for Indian fiction in English. She has co-authored the first textbook on Creative Writing for her University. She is currently at work on a novel about everyday performances and what acting and activism might lead to in a middle-class neighbourhood of Delhi. In ICGC, as Fulbright Visiting Faculty, she will collaborate  with Professor Richa Nagar in teaching the course entitled, ‘Stories, Bodies, Movements’. She also hopes to refine her understanding of the symbiotic relationship between stories and real life and life performances and activism during her four month visit here.

Mkhwanazi, Sma

Visiting Scholar

I was born and raised in a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. I have Bachelors of Pedagogics and Education degrees both earned in South Africa, Masters of Education (Special Education) and a PhD degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle.   I am a former high school teacher.  I joined the University of South Africa (UNISA) as a lecturer in the Department of Education Leadership and Management in 2013. My responsibilities include teaching School Leadership course to graduate students and Classroom Management course to the B. Ed undergraduate students. In addition I supervise seven Masters’ students.  My academic research interests focus on teacher professional development, instructional leadership and educational reform contexts as well as e-learning.  Specifically, I am interested in the teachers’ professional learning and structures such as school and district leadership that influence their professional development.

Current Teaching Faculty

Brown, Karen

Teaching Faculty 

Director, ICGC

Director of Graduate Studies and Senior Lecturer, Development Studies and Social Change Graduate Minor Program

Director of Graduate Studies, MDP Program, 2017-18

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Karen Brown is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), where she directs a number of international and interdisciplinary education and research programs including the ICGC Scholar and Mellon Scholars fellowship programs and a partnership with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.  Dr. Brown co-chairs the Master of Development Practice degree program in international development studies with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and teaches in the ICGC Development Studies and Social Change (DSSC) Ph.D. minor program, and also serves as a Graduate Faculty member in Feminist Studies, the Human Rights Program, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her past positions include Assistant Vice President for International Scholarship (2012-2015) in which she directed the University’s system-wide Global Spotlight grants program to support international and interdisciplinary research and Special Assistant for International Scholarship in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Dr. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Minnesota) with concentrations in International Relations and Comparative Politics. She also earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies (University of Minnesota) and a B.S. in Chinese (Georgetown University). Her academic interests focus on gender and public policy in global context, international women's and children's human rights, girls in international policy, and international research ethics and methods.

Selected publications:

“Gender and International Relations.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. Sandy Maisel, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“The Rise of Interdisciplinarity:  Implications for Promoting Advanced Specialized Knowledge at Public Research Universities,” with Karri Holley, in Re-Envisioning the 21st Century Public Research University. Robert H. Bruininks, Robert J. Jones, Andrew Furco and Kateryna Kent, eds. New York:  Routledge, forthcoming.

“Women’s Rights are Human Rights,” in Restructuring World Politics:  Transnational Social Movements, Networks and Norms.  Sanjeev Khagram, James V. Riker, and Kathryn Sikkink, eds. University of Minnesota Press, 2002.

Courses taught:

Global Survey of Gender and Public Policy

Doctoral Research Workshop

Scholarship and Public Responsibility

Gender and Citizenship

Research Interest: feminist international relations, gender and politics, international human rights, international research ethics

Genis , Serife

Teaching Faculty 

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Serife received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2004. She worked as assistant professor at several universities in Turkey between 2005-2009 and visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Sociology Department during 2009-2011. Currently she is an associate professor at the Sociology Department at Adnan Menderes University, Turkey. Her research focuses on the politics of global city making, urban transformation policies and their effects on socio-spatial inequalities, gated communities and privatization of urban space. Her work appeared in journals such as Urban Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Bilig and Toplum ve Bilim. She serves on the editorial board of Ideal Kent, Journal of Turkish Urban Studies and Heretik Publishing House.

Johnstone, Christopher

Teaching Faculty 

Research Interest: Inclusive education, development internationalization of higher education, intersection of diversity, equity, and internationalization

Wilsey, David

Teaching Faculty 

Program Director, MDP Program

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David Wilsey is the Program Director for the Master in Development Practice (MDP) program, which is co-administered by ICGC and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Dr. Wilsey’s research and practice focus on development of integrated natural resource conservation and livelihood programs, generally focusing on forest-and farm-based livelihood systems. He is particularly interested in the role of non-timber forest products in food and livelihood systems and the development of market-based interventions to support livelihood and lifestyle goals.

Dr. Wilsey joined the MDP program in 2013 as the program coordinator and a lecturer. Prior to joining the program, he spent five years as an associate Extension professor & educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences. His Extension work focused on three themes: natural resource based livelihood systems, non-timber forest products, and cross cultural program development. Dr. Wilsey was situated within the forestry program area, his work extended to other areas and he established productive collaborations with the small farms team, community vitality and economics, family resource management, and the American Indian leadership team, of which he was an active member. Though his interests are broad ranging, over the course of his career Dr. Wilsey primarily worked with forest–based and forest–oriented groups in the Americas: in Minnesota, several states in Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. He finds the opportunity to expand this portfolio to include other themes and regions to be a great privilege of working with the MDP program.

Research Interest: Sustainable livelihood systems, integrated conservation and development strategies, non-timber forest products, and food systems research