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Professor Teresa Caldeira Awarded 2012 Guggenheim and UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowships

May 2012

Teresa Caldeira, Professor of City & Regional Planning at the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley has recently been named a 2012 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In addition, Professor Caldeira has been honored with the UC President's Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities for the academic year 2012-2013.

Ms. Caldeira’s work focuses on the relationships between urban form and political transformation, particularly in the context of democratization. Her research centers on predicaments of urbanization and reconfigurations of spatial segregation and social discrimination, mostly in cities of the global south.

Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to successful scholars, artists, and scientists who have demonstrated achievement and exhibit exceptional creative ability and promise in their field.

Caldeira’s Guggenheim Fellowship will help fund a project that analyzes a diverse range of public practices that are transforming the city of São Paulo and its public spaces and that articulate anew the profound social inequalities that have always marked the city. Over the last decade, Caldeira has undertaken ethnographic research to map these practices, including graffiti, pixação (tagging), rap, skateboarding, parkour, and motorcycling. She plans to summarize her findings in a book about the character of the public spaces and interactions that they create. Read more about her research.

The Guggenheim Fellowship program is designed to help provide Fellows with time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible — no special conditions apply. Since its establishment in 1925, the Foundation has granted over $298 million in Fellowships to more than 17,300 individuals. The Foundation lists scores of Nobel, Pultizer, and other prizewinners among its Fellows.

Since 1977, seven other DCRP faculty have received Guggenheim Fellowships including Martin Wachs, Professor Emeritus DCRP and Civil & Environmental Engineering; Alan Jacobs, Professor Emeritus DCRP and Urban Design; Manual Castells, Professor Emeritus DCRP; Michael Tietz, Professor Emeritus DCRP; Michael Dear, Professor DCRP; Edward Blakeley, Professor Emeritus DCRP; Jennifer Wolch, Dean, CED; and William W. Wurster Professor DCRP.

Professor Caldeira has also been awarded the UC President's Faculty Research Fellowship in the Humanities for the academic year 2012-2013. The Fellowship will provide Professor Caldeira additional support in conjunction with her Guggenheim Fellowship to carry out her research. A core program of the UC Humanities Network, Fellowships are awarded to UC faculty in an annual University-wide competition. The Faculty Research Fellow program began in 1986 as part of UC President David Gardner's Humanities Initiative. It supports research across a range of disciplines in the arts, sciences and humanities.

Teresa Caldeira was educated at the University of São Paulo (B.A. in Social Sciences and M.A in Political Science) and at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Anthropology). She worked as a professor and researcher in the Brazilian university system between 1980 and 1996. She was a researcher at Cebrap (Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning), one of Brazil's most important research centers in the social sciences, for fifteen years. She was also a professor at the Department of Anthropology of Unicamp, between 1988 and 1996, when she joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She became a member of the UC Berkeley faculty in 2007. Her work is published in several languages.