Teresa Caldeira

Professor, City and Regional Planning

For the last 20 years, I have worked for the creation and implementation of DEIB initiatives in the UC system.  At UC Irvine, I was an ADVANCE Equity Advisor.  At UC Berkeley, I served several times as the Diversity/Equity officer for my department and was instrumental in creating its first Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.  As chair of my department, I deepened my knowledge about processes of promotion and advancement and have been advising colleagues, especially assistant professors, on how to prepare their files for merit and promotion.  I care immensely about mentoring students and have experimented with different ways of doing this effectively.  I received a Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate Assembly, UCB in 2012.

Teresa Caldeira is professor of City and Regional Planning. Her research focuses on the predicaments of urbanization, such as spatial segregation, social discrimination, and the uses of public space in cities of the global south. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining methodologies, theories, and approaches from the different social sciences, the humanities, and the design disciplines. Her book City of Walls: Crime, Segregation, and Citizenship in São Paulo won the American Ethnological Society Senior Book Prize. In 2012, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow.