Charisma Acey joined the faculty in 2013, teaching courses on environmental and sustainable planning. While conducting research, working, and travelling in West Africa, Southern Africa, and Central America, she explored her interests in local and regional environmental sustainability. Before joining UC Berkeley, Acey served as an Assistant Professor at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. While teaching at the Ohio State University, she worked with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity to research global food justice issues and mapped geographic differences in resources and opportunities at the metropolitan scale. She also has held professional experience as a Senior Manager for relief and development of NGO’s in West Africa, Southern African, and Center and South America. She also served as a US Senate Department Fellow in Malawi and an American Marshall Memorial fellow to Europe
Acey’s recent research focuses on her fieldwork in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda, in which she explores sustainable household scale energy solutions and access basic services.
Acey holds a doctorate degree in urban planning and master’s degree in public policy from UCLA and bachelor’s degree in English and Afro-American Studies from California State University, Northridge.