Teresa Caldeira joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 2007. She teaches courses in the Department of City and Regional Planning as well as serves as an affiliate of the Department of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies program. In the past, she has held faculty positions in the Department of Anthropology at UC Irvine and University of Campinas in Brazil. She also served as a researcher at CEBRAP (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning), a prestigious research center in social sciences, for fifteen years.
Caldeira’s research approaches are interdisciplinary, combining her interests from social sciences, humanities, and design. Her main research lies in the topics in comparative urban studies, urbanization in the global south, social theory, ethnography and qualitative methodology. Her book City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo, which explores new patterns of segregation of the city of São Paulo with comparative analysis of Los Angeles, won the Senior Book Prize from the American Ethnological Society in 2001. She has received a Faculty Mentor Award from UC Berkeley (2012) and was named as the 2012 Guggenheim Fellow for her research examining public spaces that promote social inequalities in the city of São Paulo.
Caldeira holds a doctorate degree in anthropology at UC Berkeley, master’s degree in political science, and bachelor’s degree in social sciences from University of São Paulo.