Three Faculty to Join PACE in Fall 2018

The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagment is pleased to announce that three new faculty members will be joining PACE in Fall 2018.  See short bios of the faculty below.

Aritree Samanta (Climate change and urban adaptation) is an interdisciplinary scholar with research focus in the areas of collaborative approaches to urban and environmental governance, adaptive management, and institutional response to disruptions through adaptation and transformation. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and an M.A. in Social Work from the University of Delhi, India. In her current postdoctoral position at Purdue University, she studies social dimensions of watershed management focusing on the intersections between climate change, water quality, and land use management in the Midwest. Her professional work in India included research projects in the areas of urban sustainability and climate change adaptation in low-income communities. In the United States, she has held fellowship and research positions with the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago, IL and the Northeast Midwest Institute in Washington D.C.

Angelica Camacho (National security and racialization) is the current Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Latina/Latino Studies Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. She is also a former Ford Dissertation Fellow, and received a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Riverside. In 2010, she acquired a B.A. in both Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was the injustices present in her community, and her desire to understand, explain, and transform them that drove her to pursue a career in Ethnic Studies. Today she shares Ethnic Studies’ commitment to intellectual praxis and social justice. Her current research is on the Pelican Bay California Prisoner Hunger Strikes by incarcerated people and the subsequent uprising of their families. Additionally, Angelica simultaneously explores how the War on Drugs and the criminalization of Latinx communities has contributed to the rise of the carceral state and prison industrial complex in California. Her intellectual work aims to shift the dominant narratives of criminality that target and scapegoat communities of color into counter-hegemonic narratives that highlight social struggles for life and liberation.

Carina Gallo (CJ Administration and Advocacy) is an Associate Professor of Criminology and the Criminology Program Coordinator at Holy Names University in Oakland. She is also a Senior Lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. Carina’s interdisciplinary research addresses historical and international trends in crime and welfare policy, with particular attention to how policies and laws intending to support underrepresented and marginalized groups have developed over the last century. She is currently working on a book exploring the roots of the Swedish victim movement.  Carina is dedicated to exploring and applying innovative teaching practices, such as cross-cultural learning. She is particularly interested in how technology can globalize the curriculum and has led virtual international exchanges (VIEs) where students in different countries learn together in a virtual classroom. In addition, Carina has several years of professional experience as a social worker, policy evaluator, and leader in the non-profit community.






Energy Justice & Sustainability PACE Students participate in the Solar Suitecase Project

In Fall 2017, Dr. Thoyre’s Energy Justice & Sustainability (ENVS 460) course participated in a service learning project to reduce poverty, fight climate change, and mentor the next generation of energy justice advocates. After learning about the environmental injustices associated with many non-renewable energy systems, students participated in a lab where they learned to wire together a battery, charge controller, LED light bulb, and solar photovoltaic unit, creating a user-friendly, portable solar energy kit known as a Solar Suitcase. They then mentored K-12 students at Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School (Daly City) and Lincoln High School (San Francisco) in building more of the suitcases. Some of these suitcases will in turn be shipped to hospitals, refugee centers, orphanages, or schools in parts of the world with inadequate electricity, where they will contribute to sustainable development. Students in ENVS 460 also initiated a project to use the solar suitcases to teach kids at Bay Area Boys & Girls Clubs about renewable energy.

The Solar Suitcase project was originally developed out of a partnership between faculty at CSU-East Bay, the NGO We Share Solar, the electric utility PG&E, and others. The purpose was to reduce energy poverty while getting students from historically underrepresented communities involved in STEM. This year, SFSU is one of several CSUs piloting an expansion of the project, and Dr. Thoyre’s course is the first social science course to use the solar suitcases. The project demonstrates that if even a middle schooler can build a solar energy system, the question of why we don’t use more renewable energy is largely a political, economic, and social question, not a narrowly technical one. The project has thus been a key case study for students in ENVS 460 to critically reflect on the relationships between energy, inequalities, and politics.

PACE holds alumni networking reception in Sacramento

sacramentoOn September 13, the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE) convened Future Focused: A PACE Alumni Reception in Sacramento. Hosted by PACE’s partners at San Mateo County, the event was the first large-scale convening of PACE alumni since the school was founded in 2012. Hosted by Kate White (MPA, ’08), deputy secretary of environmental policy and housing coordination at the California State Transportation Agency, the event was the second in an inaugural series of place-based alumni events for PACE.

Attendees shared their passion for specific aspects of public affairs and civic engagement, which allowed alumni from each of PACE’s degree programs to learn about common interests and begin to identify opportunities to work with one another to promote a positive vision of the future. These Sacramento area alumni were enthusiastic about making new connections and re-invigorating old ones.

Pictured: PACE alumni and faculty, from left to right: Alice Kindarara (M.A., Gerontology, ’01), Ju Hong (MPA, ’16), Kareem Hines (B.A., Urban Studies & Planning, ’13), Kate White (MPA, ’08), Odet Ford (MPA, ’15), Liz Brown (PACE director), and Jennifer Shea (PACE associate director)

PACE Gerontology Program hosts successful campus event in conjunction with IAGG 2017

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics held its 2017 World Congress on Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) in San Francisco in July 2017. This is the premiere conference for gerontology and geriatrics professionals, with more than 6,000 delegates in attendance. In conjunction with the conference, SF State hosted a local educational trip, which featured faculty research, policy and practice presentations; student and alumni research posters; and a showcase of work by community partners in aging. Faculty presentations by Associate Professor Kate Hamel, Professor Emerita Anabel Pelham, Associate Professor Emerita Donna Schafer and Professor and Coordinator of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar were well received by more than 65 participants from 14 countries. In addition, there was a tour of the MAREY Lab in Gym 150. The event was organized by a student planning team, advised by Yee-Melichar.

PACE Gerontology Program welcomes Emiko Takagi

takagiEmiko Takagi joins us from Towson University. She comes to us with experience in teaching gerontology courses such as introduction to gerontology; diversity, culture, and aging; social gerontology; physical aging and health; and gerontology senior seminar. Her research interests are in intergenerational family relationships, social support, loneliness in later life, family caregiving, long-term care policy, and cross-national studies of aging. She will be teaching Age and Social Policy Analysis and Research Methods in Aging during Fall 2017. Please join us in welcoming her to SF State!

Longtime Gerontology Program faculty retire

Anabel Pelham and Brian de Vries, professors of gerontology, have retired after 40 years and 20 years respectively of successful teaching, scholarship and service at SF State.

Anabel PelhamAnabel Pelham is the founding director of the Gerontology Program at SF State, where she served for 40 years, including 15 years as department chair. Her academic interests include international aging, community-based health and human services, wellness/spirituality in aging, advancing age-friendly cities and professionalization of the discipline of gerontology. Pelham is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, the Gerontological Society of America’s International Task Force and the Board of Directors of the Los Altos Community Foundation. She is president of the National Association for Professional Gerontologists and the executive director of the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence in Los Altos, California.

Brian de VriesBrian de Vries is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and past board member of the American Society on Aging and co-chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Network constituent group. De Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee, authoring The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People. He is former editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy and a former associate editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development. He has served as guest editor of Omega: Journal of Death and Dying and as a guest co-editor of Generations and the Journal of Homosexuality. With colleagues, he was awarded a multi-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study minority stress among same-sex couples.

Urban Studies & Planning student journal pushes boundaries of scholarship about cities

Urban Action journal coverThe 2017 edition of Urban Action — a student-run journal in the Urban Studies & Planning program since 1979& — is now available online. The journal’s proud history truly reflects a labor of love. It is built on countless hours of student work, collaboration and serious thinking to push the boundaries of scholarship about cities.

The 2017 edition is no exception. It includes articles and photo essays that represents the vanguard of critical thinking and policy action in the realm of city and regional planning. Student authors have researched and written about topics that cover pressing contemporary concerns of the field: affordable housing, Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs), downtown revitalization, gentrification, street activation using urban design interventions, public parks, pedestrian safety, access to clean drinking water, and civic engagement in the transformation of our cities.

Kudos to the editorial team and all the student contributors!

Click here read the journal in PDF format.