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The CRC welcomes faculty affiliates from all disciplines and colleges across the university, with a particular interest in collaborative and multi-disciplinary and solutions-oriented research on the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental dimensions of regional change.


Faculty affiliates have a mutually-beneficial relationship with the center; click here for a complete list of these benefits as well as a framework for the faculty affiliates network.  If you would be interested in joining the CRC as a faculty affiliate please email us at crcinfo@ucdavis.edu .

List of Current Faculty Affiliates:

BallardHeidi Ballard Ph.D., Environmental Science Education

Heidi Ballard, Ph. D. is an associate professor of Environmental Science Education at University of California, Davis. She is interested in environmental education that links communities, science, environmental action and learners of all ages, particularly in what and how people learn through public participation in scientific research (PPSR) as a form of informal science education. From citizen science-type projects for conservation to participatory action research for natural resources management and environmental justice, PPSR projects can create unique opportunities for learning by participants and scientists. Understanding the outcomes and processes of these projects can contribute to better practices in environmental and science education, and better conservation and natural resource management. Previously, she worked with Latino migrant forest workers and with a Native American tribe to develop research and monitoring of non-timber forest products, harvest and management. She was also a high school biology teacher for five years. She received her M.A. in science education from Stanford University, and Ph.D. in environmental science, policy and management from the University of California, Berkeley. Visit her website at http://education.ucdavis.edu/faculty-profile/heidi-ballard or email hballard@ucdavis.edu

Chris Benner, Ph.D., Community and Regional Development

Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  His research examines the relationships between technological change, regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment. Significant authored or co-authored books include: Equity, Growth and Community (2015), which examines diversity and dynamics of regional knowledge communities, and their relationship to social equity and economic growth;  Just Growth (2012) which helps uncover the subtle and detailed processes, policies and institutional arrangement that help explain how certain regions around the country have been able to consistently link prosperity and inclusion; This Could Be The Start of Something Big (2009) which examines new regional movements around community development, policy initiatives, and social movement organizing; and Work in the New Economy (2002), an examination of the transformation of work and employment in the information economy.  He received his Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. cbenner@ucsc.edu

CampbellDave Campbell, Department of Human and Community Development & California Communities Program
David Campbell serves as a Cooperative Extension Specialist and as director of the California Communities Program (CCP) in the Human and Community Development Department at UC Davis. Dr. Campbell’s research examines the intersection between public policy and community development processes at the local level.  He is currently leading a UCD research team evaluating a Sierra Health Foundation youth leadership development initiative. He is married to a Presbyterian minister and has a 21-year old son attending Whitman College. Visit his website at http://hcd.ucdavis.edu/faculty/webpages/campbell/ or email dcampbell@ucdavis.edu

delaPena2Carolyn de la Pena, American Studies & Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Carolyn de la Peña is professor of American Studies and Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of California at Davis.  She is the author of two books (Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda, 2010 and The Body Electric: How Strange Machines Built The Modern American, 2003), two co-edited volumes Re-Wiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (2007) and Local Foods Meet Global Foodways: Tasting History (2012) and roughly twenty articles on technology, food, health, and consumption in the U.S.  Her individual research has received funding from the Hagley Center for Business and Industry, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the UC Humanities Research Institute.  As director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute (2007-2012) she served as a principle investigator for major collaborative grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation.  In 2011 her history of artificial sweetener in the United States, Empty Pleasures, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Association for the Study of Food and Society and was designated a CHOICE outstanding academic book.  She is also the former recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring at UC Davis. Visit her website at http://www.carolyndelapena.com/biography.html or email ctdelapena@ucdavis.edu

Deeb-SossaNatalia Deeb-Sossa, Department of Sociology
Natalia Deeb-Sossa, an assistant professor in the University of California at Davis’ Chicana/o Studies Department, has conducted research in medical sociology, social psychology, symbolic interaction, race, class and gender, and methodology. All of her work makes contributions to substantive issues in inequality. In her dissertation , through participant observation and in-depth interviews, Natalia analyzed how workers at a private, not-for-profit health care center reproduce –or resist reproducing– inequalities of race, class and gender in their interactions with each other and in their daily work with the poor, especially Latinas/os. These inequalities are examined in a setting where health care providers face competing goals, conflicting demands, and understaffing. Her current research focuses on women's reproductive rights; Mexican women’s access to health via formal (institutional) and informal (cultural) avenues; study of curanderas, parteras, yerberas, sources of healthcare for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), family planning, and abortion; and health care issues with Mexican migrant agricultural workers. Visit her website at http://chi.ucdavis.edu/faculty/natalia-deeb-sossa or email ndeebsossa@ucdavis.edu

Glenda DrewGlenda Drew, Design
Glenda Drew is an associate professor of Visual Communication. Glenda has exhibited screen-based designs that integrate text, image and sound throughout the United States. She investigates how information can be delivered creatively to stimulate a new way of engaging with ideas. She is interested in connecting and representing cultural and marginalized voices in visually accessible and appealing ways. She has concentrated her work in the area of media activism and has also worked as a professional web designer for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree from San Francisco State University in interdisciplinary arts and education. Visit her website at http://www.redrocketmedia.com/glenda/ or email gadrew@ucdavis.edu

DrewJesse Drew, Technocultural Studies
Jesse Drew is director and associate professor of Technocultural Studies at UC Davis. He has a long involvement in alternative and community media projects involving television, radio, print and interactive communications. Before becoming active in media and digital arts he was involved in various labor movements in the Bay Area, and was a boycott organizer for the United Farm Workers under Cesar Chavez. He is currently book on the subject of recent media democracy activism and a documentary film on the politics of country music. He currently teaches classes in Electronics for Artists, Documentary Studies, Media Archaeology and Labor History. Visit his website at http://www.jessedrew.com/ or email jdrew@redrocketmedia.com

ErbsteinNancy Erbstein, Human and Community Development
Nancy Erbstein holds a research faculty appointment in the University of California Davis, Department of Human and Community Development. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing disparities in youth well being in California by studying the impact of socio-spatial environments on their development. In addition, she explores the effects of youth civic participation on community change. This important research is connected to her background as a co-founder and co-director of Youth in Focus, a path-breaking non-profit organization that was dedicated to engaging marginalized youth populations in California’s Bay Area and Central Valley in participatory action research on pressing community issues. She earned a Ph.D. in education at the University of California, Berkeley and B.A degrees in education and South Asian studies at Brown University. Email nerbstein@ucdavis.edu

OwensPatsy Eubanks Owens, Landscape Architecture
Patsy Eubanks Owens is a professor of Landscape Architecture and a Chair in the Department of Environmental Design.  Her research interests focus on the relationships between people and the outdoor environment.  Specifically, her work examines the role of the physical environment in the development, health, and well-being of youth and methods for community involvement in design decision-making.  Her recent research includes "You, Your Community, Your View," (sponsored by the UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources) which through youth-generated photographs and writings documented and examined places, people and activities important to youth in seven California communities.  Professor Owens has also recently collaborated with researchers in Scotland and New York on "Places for Teens," an examination of the physical and experiential characteristics of places that make them important for teens. Her research has been published in Urban Geography, Landscape Journal, Children's Geographies and Child and Adolescent Social Work. Visit her website at http://envdes.ucdavis.edu/people/websites/owens.html or email peowens@ucdavis.edu

Isao Fujimoto
, Human Ecology Department

Isao Fujimoto is part of the Asian American Studies faculty and Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Community and Regional Development department. He was awarded his doctorate by Cornell University in February of 2010, fifty years after his initial enrollment there. The thesis was based on the Central Valley Project, an organization dedicated to share information and strategies among smaller minority farming groups throughout California's Central Valley. The Colleges apartment complex has a building named after him, the first and only one in the complex to be named after an Asian person. He was also a featured speaker at the Fall 2007-2008 Convocation. Fujimoto is often mentioned as a mentor or inspiration to students. He has taught hundreds in unique courses such as ABS 47, a four day Winter or Spring Break class that takes a group of UCD students to San Francisco's Tenderloin district. This class was originated by Fujimoto and Orville Thompson (of Thompson Hall fame) as a way of teaching undergraduates about communities by direct exposure and interaction. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, when he first came to UC Davis, Fujimoto helped direct students who were interested in setting up a variety of programs that have since become famous to many people in and outside of Davis. He recalls that about six programs gathered or held their business offices in his house, in including the Farmers Market and Davis Food Co-op. As a funny aside, he once asked a person from Davis while he worked at The National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte Montana where he should send people if they want to know more about Davis and its progressive policies, and they gave the address to his house. His background in California includes moving to the south of San Jose with his family to farm strawberries after being interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming and Tule Lake, California during the war. His family was able to farm on an Indian reservation in Washington, as there was less restriction of Japanese under Native American sovereign government authority. He competed as a wrestler while a student at UC Berkeley, and taught high school chemistry in San Jose. Visit his website at http://humanecology.ucdavis.edu/people/emeriti/crd_fujimoto_isao.html or email ifujimoto@ucdavis.edu

HandySusan Handy, Department of Environmental Science and Policy& Sustainable Transportation Center

Dr. Susan Handy is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, where she teaches in the Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning major and the Transportation Technology and Policy Program, and the Director of the Sustainable Transportation Center at the University of California Davis. Her research interests focus on the relationships between transportation and land use, particularly the impact of land development patterns on travel behavior and on strategies for reducing automobile dependence. Her recent work includes a series of studies on bicycling in Davis, including an exploration of the formation of attitudes towards bicycling and a study of factors affecting bicycling to high school, in addition to projects for the California Air Resources Board and Caltrans on the impacts of “smart growth” strategies on vehicle travel. She serves on the Committee on Women’s Transportation Issues and the Committee on Transportation Education of the Transportation Research Board. She received her B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University (1984), her M.S. in civil engineering from Stanford University (1987), and her Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of California at Berkeley (1992). She is internationally known for her research on the connection between neighborhood design and walking behavior. Visit her website at http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/handy/ or email slhandy@ucdavis.edu

Haynes2Bruce Haynes, Associate Professor in the UC Davis Department of Sociology
Bruce Haynes is a sociologist and an authority on race, ethnicity, and urban communities. His publications include The Ghetto:  Contemporary Issues and Controversies, a co-edited volume that brings together prominent scholars throughout the world to examine marginalized urban spaces and the usefulness of the concept, and term, ghetto. He is also author of RED LINES, BLACK SPACES: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (Yale University Press 2001 Reissued in paperback 2006).  This work draws upon historical documents, unpublished census records, in-depth interviews, and participant observation to show how a combination of systematic factors led to the racialization of a typical suburban community. Haynes shows how both "race" and "class" came to serve as alternative, sometimes competing strategies for the pursuit of local interests and community mobilization. His research includes suburbanization, ghetto, the black middle class, race and racial formation, and urban community organization. Haynes teaches courses focused primarily race and ethnic inequality, ethnic and racial communities, and urban society. He has a strong record mentoring students and providing the guidance and support to produce high quality research. Visit his website at http://sociology.ucdavis.edu/people/bdhaynes or email bdhaynes@ucdavis.edu

JarvisLovell S. (Tu) Jarvis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Lovell S. (Tu) Jarvis, is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Special Assistant to the Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis. He was Divisional Associate Dean for Human Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from 1999 to 2009. Dr. Jarvis’ research focuses on aspects of livestock development in LDCs, including supply, demand, international trade, policy, agricultural research and technical change, with an emphasis on cattle; the effect of international commodity agreements on domestic policy in exporting countries, especially as it engenders rent seeking, e.g., the effect of the International Coffee Agreement; Chilean agriculture and economic development, most recently related to the causes and consequences of the Chilean fruit boom post 1974; and, food and nutrition policies in LDC's especially as they affect the growth of young children. He has received grants and awards from NSF, USDA, the Fulbright Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Gamma Sigma Delta. Visit his website at http://agecon.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/lovell-jarvis/ or email lsjarvis@ucdavis.edu

JacksonCarlos Francisco Jackson, Chicana/o Studies Department

Carlos Jackson, a visual artist and writer, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended the University of California, Davis where he received his Bachelor of Science in community and regional development and an M.F.A. in painting, and was awarded the Robert Arneson Award for excellence in the M.F.A. program. In 2002 he was awarded a full fellowship to attend the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in central Maine. For the 2003-2004 year he held the David Shainberg Endowed Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. From 2003-2007 he had taught in the Chicana/o Studies Program and Art Department at UC Davis and in the Fine Arts Department at Saint Michaels College in Vermont. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Chicana/o Studies Program and is Director of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, a community art center in Woodland, California. The University of Arizona Press has published his first book surveying the Chicano Art Movement, titled Chicana and Chicano Art: ProtestArte. Visit his website at http://chi.ucdavis.edu/faculty/carlos-jackson or email cfjackson@ucdavis.edu

JohnstonBob Johnston, Department of Environmental Science & Policy

Professor Johnston has been a member of state and regional advisory committees for transportation and air quality planning agencies and a local transportation commission.  He reviews articles and grant proposals for several organizations and has published over 95 refereed articles and book chapters.  He has given invited talks at many conferences and universities and has been a faculty member‑in‑residence at the University of Iowa. He was a member of the TRB Transportation and Land Development Committee, the NAS Committee on the Determination of the State of Practice of Metropolitan Travel Modeling, and is a Town Planning Commissioner in Truckee, CA.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, a State agency that funds sustainable development in this region. Visit his website at http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/johnston/index.htm or email rajohnston@ucdavis.edu

JorjaniRaha Jorjani, Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis School of Law
Raha Jorjani is a supervising attorney and lecturer in the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic.  Since beginning her legal practice, she has defended immigrants from detention and deportation before the Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Courts including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Jorjani’s practice and scholarship focus on the intersection between Immigration and Criminal Law. In addition to representing immigrants detained primarily on the basis of criminal convictions, she regularly advises and trains public defenders and members of the immigration bar on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Jorjani also provides technical assistance and training to state court judges and prosecutors on the intersection of criminal and immigration law. Prior to joining the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic in Fall 2007, she was a Staff Attorney with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona where she directly represented immigrants detained by the Department of Homeland Security in addition to providing pro-se legal assistance to hundreds of detainees who could not afford legal representation. 
Visit her website at http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Jorjani/index.aspx or email rjorjani@ucdavis.edu

KendallAlissa Kendall, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Alissa Kendall joined University of California Davis as an assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the summer of 2007 after completing a multi-disciplinary Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources & Environment and Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Michigan's Center for Sustainable Systems. Broadly speaking, her research interests focus on evaluating the material, energy, and waste flows generated by engineered systems, and refining and enhancing the methods used to evaluate their impacts, with a focus on climate change. Current research projects include life cycle assessments of biofuel production pathways, food products, renewable energy technologies and transportation infrastructure. In addition to implementing life cycle assessment, she has ongoing research on enhancing carbon accounting practices and methods for long-lived systems. Visit her website at http://cee.engr.ucdavis.edu/Faculty/Kendall/default.htm or email amkendall@ucdavis.edu

LundJay R. Lund, Ray B. Krone Professor of Environmental Engineering & Center for Watershed Sciences
Jay Lund has research and teaching interests in the application of systems analysis, economic, and management methods to infrastructure and public works problems. His recent work is primarily in water resources and environmental system engineering, but with substantial work in solid and hazardous waste management, dredging and coastal zone management, and some dabbling in urban, regional, and transportation planning. While most of this work involves the application of economics, optimization, and simulation modeling, his interests also include more qualitative policy, planning, and management studies. Visit his website at http://cee.engr.ucdavis.edu/faculty/lund/ or email jrlund@ucdavis.edu

MartinPhilip Martin, Agricultural and Resource Economics & UC Comparative Immigration & Integration Program

Philip Martin is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis, chair of the University of California's Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and editor of the monthly Migration News and the quarterly Rural Migration News. Martin has earned a reputation as an effective analyst who can develop practical solutions to complex and controversial migration and labor issues. In the US, Martin was the only academic appointed to the Commission on Agricultural Workers to assess the effects of the ImmigrationReform and Control Act of 1986. He received UCD's Distinguished Public Service award in 1994. Martin assessed the prospects for Turkish migration to European Union between 1987 and 1990, evaluated the effects of immigration on Malaysia's economy and its labor markets in 1994-95, and was a member of the Binational Study of Migration between 1995 and 1997. In 2001-02, he assessed the options for dealing with unauthorized migration into Thailand. Visit his website at http://agecon.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/philip-martin/ or email martin@primal.ucdavis.edu

MiddletonBeth Rose Middleton, Department of Native American Studies

Dr. Beth Rose Middleton is an assistant professor of Native American Studies at UC Davis. Beth Rose is of Afro-Caribbean (Belizean, Jamaican, and Honduran) and Eastern European (Russian, Lithuanian) heritage, and was born and raised in rural northern California, specifically the Mokulumne watershed of the central Sierra Nevada foothills, Miwok country. Beth Rose’s research centers on Native environmental policy and Native activism for site protection using conservation tools. She is engaged in participatory action research on Maidu land rights history and contemporary land claims in northeastern California. Beth Rose applies theories from coloniality of power, indigeneity, community development, political ecology, participatory methodologies, and geography. She has received research support from the National Science Foundation, the UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender, the UC Office of the President, and the Community Forestry and Environmental Research Partnerships program. Beth Rose’s ongoing and future research directions include California Native green entrepreneurship, using environmental statutes for cultural preservation, qualitative GIS mapping of Indian allotment lands, Afro-indigenous populations, the effects of hydropower development on Native lands, tribal resource conservation districts, and indigenizing natural resource policy and planning. Visit her website at http://nas.ucdavis.edu/faculty/beth-rose-middleton?destination=node/35 or email brmiddleton@ucdavis.edu

NapawanN. Claire Napawan, Department of Environmental Design
Assistant Professor Claire Napawan joined UC Davis’ Department of Environmental Design in fall 2009. Her research focuses on urban public open spaces and their role within the evolving city. In light of economic, social, and environmental changes within urban development, inculding population growth and climate change, Claire has an interest in investigating the roles in which landscapes might adapt to provide ever-increasing productive and infrastructral programs to the global city.  Claire holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's in landscape architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Visit her website at http://lda.ucdavis.edu/people/websites/napawan.html or email ncnapawan@ucdavis.edu

OkamotoDina Okamoto, Department of Sociology
Dina Okamoto is an associate professor of Sociology at UC Davis.  Her research examines the social outcomes and processes related to ethnic and immigrant group integration in the U.S. She is particularly interested in understanding the conditions under which different ethnic groups cooperate, how community-based organizations shape the lives of immigrant youth, and the extent of immigrant civil and political participation in new immigrant destinations.  Dina received her Ph.D .from the University of Arizona and she was a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in 2004-05. Visit her website at http://sociology.ucdavis.edu/people/dinao or email dgokamoto@ucdavis.edu

David de la Peña, Assistant Professor in Human Ecology

David de la Peña, an assistant professor in human ecology, is an architect and urban designer focused on community design. Prior to his arrival at UC Davis, he completed a PhD in landscape architecture and environmental planning at UC Berkeley, and also holds master's degrees in urban design and architecture from UC Berkeley and UT Austin. As a professional working in multiple disciplines, he is most concerned with how designers utilize expertise and engage with community members. In particular, he examines alternatives to top-down planning and evaluates the benefits of grassroots and autonomous approaches to creating public space. This theme has driven his ongoing research on participatory urbanism in Barcelona, and also more recent work on urban agriculture in Sacramento. He is currently mapping urban food production sites in Sacramento, and working with community groups on several urban farming and community garden design projects. Visit his website here.

PruittLisa R. Pruitt, UC Davis School of Law
Professor Lisa Pruitt's career spans the globe, literally and figuratively. Before joining the UC Davis law faculty in 1999, she worked abroad for almost a decade in settings ranging from international organizations to private practice. Pruitt worked with lawyers in more than 30 countries, negotiating cultural conflicts in several arenas. It is not surprising that a common theme of her research interests is how law and legal institutions manage and respond to cultural difference and cultural change. Visit her website at http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Pruitt/ or email lrpruitt@ucdavis.edu

RiosMichael Rios, Department of Environmental Design

Michael Rios is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Design and Chair of the Community Development Graduate Group. He also directs CRCs Sacramento Diasporas Project that provides policy-relevant and community-based research related to the region’s (im)migrant and refugee populations. His research interests focus on the intersection between marginality, urbanism, and public space. Visit his website at http://lda.ucdavis.edu/people/websites/rios.html or email mxrios@ucdavis.edu

ShillingFraser Shilling, Department of Environmental Science and Policy

Fraser Shilling is Co-Director of the Road Ecology Center and member of the Environmental Justice Project and of the Information Center for the Environment. He supports graduate students and others in each of his research areas and am always open to more. His research is extramurally funded through grants and contracts, from local, state, and federal sources. Recent studies and publications of his have addressed environmental justice issues associated with Bay-Delta decision-making and contamination, connectivity assessment and planning at multiple geographic scales and with changing impacts, and development of multi-metric system for evaluating the condition of combined social, environmental, and economic systems. Visit his website at http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/research/Shilling/Default.htm or email fmshilling@ucdavis.edu

Sheryl-Ann Simpson, Ph.D., Department of Human Ecology

Simpson, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology, is a specialist in urban studies. She completed her Ph.D. in city and regional planning at Cornell University before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2013. She also has a master's degree in community development and planning from Clark University. Her research interests span a variety of urban issues, including immigration, housing, and urban health. The connective thread in all of this work is an interest in the voices, experience, and ideas of individuals and communities that have been historically excluded (or marginalized) in the decision-making processes around their homes. To this end she is interested in exploring the connections between government decision-making and everyday places and experiences, including the role of community development organizations in building connections between governments and residents. Simpson also has a strong interest in understanding the methods we can use to examine and analyze our cities and their development. Her work is focused on quantitative and qualitative spatial analysis. This analysis explores the geographic distribution and variation of things we can count, but also explores landscapes in terms of people's stories, the history of the land, and the ways in which we move through and use particular places and spaces. Visit her website at: http://www.caes.ucdavis.edu/about/directory/fsd/simpson.

SnyderBrett Snyder, Design

Brett Snyder, AIA is a principal of Cheng+Snyder, an experimental architecture studio based in Oakland, California, and an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of California, Davis. Snyder works at and researches the intersection of architecture, media, and graphics with a particular interest in urban spaces. Snyder’s award winning work has been exhibited internationally including the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Snyder is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts award and a Van Alen New York Prize Fellowship. Visit his website at http://www.chengsnyder.com/ or email blsnyder@ucdavis.edu

SperlingDan Sperling, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Environmental Science and Policy

Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy, and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). Dr. Sperling is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He has testified ten times to the US Congress and state legislatures, and provided keynote presentations and invited talks in recent years at international conferences in Asia, Europe, and North America. In the past 25 years, he has authored or co-authored over 200 technical papers and 11 books, including Two Billion Cars (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has made 500 professional presentations in his career, including many keynote talks in the past few years.Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley (with minors in Economics and Energy & Resources), Professor Sperling worked two years as an environmental planner for the US Environmental Protection Agency and two years as an urban planner in the Peace Corps in Honduras. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering and urban planning from Cornell University. During 1999-2000, he was on leave as a visiting scholar at OECD (European Conference of Ministers of Transport). Visit his website at http://www.its.ucdavis.edu/?faculty=sperling-daniel-2 or email dsperling@ucdavis.edu

SumnerDaniel Sumner, Dept of Agricultural and Resource Economics & UC Agricultural Issues Center
Daniel A. Sumner is the director of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and the Frank H. Buck, Jr. Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC, Davis where he teaches and conducts research and outreach on agricultural economics and policy. Before coming to the University in 1993, Sumner was Assistant Secretary for Economics at USDA. Visit his website at http://agecon.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/daniel-sumner/ or email dasumner@ucdavis.edu

SzeJulie Sze, American Studies Department

Julie Sze is an associate professor and director of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment.  Sze’s book, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, awarded annually to the best published book in American Studies.  Sze’s research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and community health and activism. She has published on a wide range of topics such as energy and air pollution activism; toxicity; the cultural politics of the Hummer, and on environmental justice novels and cultural production. Visit her website at http://ams.ucdavis.edu/faculty/julie-sze or email jsze@ucdavis.edu

TomichTom Tomich, Community Development, Environmental Science & Policy, ASI, SAREP
Tom Tomich joined the University of California Davis faculty in January 2007. He is founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, and professor of community development, environmental science and policy at UC Davis. He also serves as director of the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Tomich was principal economist for the World Agroforestry Centre from 1994-2006. During that time, he worked with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, first in Southeast Asia and then as ASB global coordinator, based in Nairobi, Kenya, leading long-term collaborative partnerships at sites in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia aiming to raise productivity and income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services. Before that, Tomich spent 10 years as a policy advisor and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and also served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at Harvard University. He has broad interests and experience in agriculture, including agroforestry and other farming systems; economic development strategy and policy; hunger and food policy; natural resource management (land, water, trees, forests, air quality); integrated ecosystem assessment; sustainability science; global and regional environmental issues; strategic planning and adaptive program management. He has worked in Brazil, Cameroon, Egypt, the Gambia, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Peru, Tajikistan, Thailand, and the United States. Tomich was raised on a family farm in Orangevale (near Sacramento). He received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Davis in 1979 and his Ph.D. in food research from Stanford University in 1984. Visit his website at http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/FacultyInfo.aspx?ID_Number=40 or email tptomich@ucdavis.edu

Stephen M. Wheeler, Department of Environmental Design
Stephen M. Wheeler is associate professor in the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of California at Davis, and has taught at the University of New Mexico and U.C. Berkeley. Author of Planning for Sustainability: Towards Livable, Equitable, and Ecological Communities and co-editor of The Sustainable Urban Development Reader (with Timothy Beatley), his areas of interest include sustainable development, planning for climate change, urban design, and built landscapes of metropolitan regions. Prof. Wheeler’s awards include the 2009 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning. Wheeler teaches courses related to community and regional planning, urban design, and sustainable development. He is interested in how many different planning and design strategies can work together to produce more sustainable communities. His current research focuses on 1) climate change planning for mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation; 2) the evolution of built landscapes in metropolitan regions; and 3) theory and practice of sustainable development. Visit his website at http://lda.ucdavis.edu/people/websites/wheeler.html or email smwheeler@ucdavis.edu