Visiting Scholars

Paula Freire Santoro (Summer 2017) is a Brazilian urbanist, architect, and professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo – FAUUSP.  She currently coordinates observSP research with LabCidade | FAUUSP and is conducting a survey on Inclusive Housing Policies: a dialogue between São Paulo / Brazil and New York / USA. She holds a specialization in Land Policy in Latin America by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Panama (2007) and was Technical Assistant of the Public Ministry of the State of São Paulo in the areas of Housing, Urbanism and Environment (2011-2013).  She has also been a researcher at the Instituto Pólis (2001-2011), Instituto Socioambiental – ISA (2007-2008) and the Laboratory of Urbanism of the Metropolis – LUME FAUUSP (2001).  In New York, she conducted further research related to her comparative study of inclusionary zoning policies in New York and São Paulo.


H. Jacob Carlson (Fall 2017, Spring 2018) is PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research is on the causes and consequences of gentrification and displacement – and the alternatives to them. He is a research fellow at Participatory Budgeting Project, funded by the A.E. Havens Center for Social Justice. Jake also co-coordinates the Research Committee of the Right to the City Alliance. His work is featured in the Urban Geography and Social Science History



Riccardo Emilio Chesta (Spring 2017) is a doctoral candidate in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence and a member of COSMOS (Center on Social Movement Studies), Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Trento, as well as a degree in History and Social Sciences from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He is a contributor to Sociologica. Italian Journal of Sociology. His main research interests concern political sociology and social movements, sociology of ideas, knowledge and culture, and the history of political and social thought. He is currently working on citizens’ mobilization of knowledge and expertise in environmental conflicts and how political participation and collective action enhances knowledge production and expertification.



willkeatsosbornWill Keats-Osborn (Spring, Fall 2015) is a PhD student, Killam fellow, and Joseph Armand Bombardier fellow at the University of British Columbia. As a sociologist of knowledge, he is interested in exploring the everyday activities of reading, talking, thinking, and writing that go into the realization of ideas. His current research concerns immersive magazine journalism and the cooperative activities that allow journalists, editors, publishers, and their peers to achieve striking, first-person insights into social reality.


carla-malafaiaCarla Malafaia (Spring 2015) is currently a PhD student in Education Sciences at the University of Porto (Portugal). Her research has dealt with conflict mediation, youth civic and political participation, and citizenship education. She holds a grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT – to develop her PhD on the individual and collective effects of civic and political participation, also mobilizing the ethnographic approach to understand the contextual dynamics of youth contexts of participation. Carla has been actively involved in research since 2008, both in national and international projects. She is co-author of two books and has published in journals such as the Journal of Civil Society, Power and Education, and the International Journal of E-Politics.


ernesto ganuzaErnesto Ganuza Fernandes (Summer 2014) is a sociologist based at the Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados in Córdoba, Spain. He has written extensively on participatory budgeting processes in Europe and is one of the founders of Antigona, a participatory action collective in Madrid.