Core Faculty

Desiree Fields

Desiree Fields

Assistant Professor, Geography | desireefields@berkeley.edu

Dr. Fields joins UC Berkeley from the Geography Department at the University of Sheffield. Fields studies housing as a vector of urban inequality and terrain of grassroots political contestation. Her current work explores how the shift to a finance-oriented political economy and the growing reach of digital platforms reshape urban housing markets, and resulting struggles for justice. Fields is a trustee of the Urban Studies Foundation and member of the editorial advisory board of Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the British Academy, and the Independent Social Research Foundation. She is one of the primary instructors for the core courses for the Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS 200 and GMS201).

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Associate Professor, Political Science | aepost@berkeley.edu

Post was hired through the Global Metropolitan Studies initiative to enhance the university's strength in comparative urban studies. Her research lies at the intersection of comparative urban politics and comparative political economy, focusing on Latin America and the developing world more broadly.   It examines the political and institutional factors affecting vital urban services such as water and sanitation, mass transit, and electricity.  She has received U.C. Berkeley's campus-wide Carol D. Soc award for mentoring graduate students.  She is one of the primary instructors for the core courses for the Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS 200 and GMS201).  

Brandi Summers

Brandi Summers

Assistant Professor, Geography | btsummers@berkeley.edu

Dr. Summers joins UC Berkeley from the Department of African American Studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interrogates identity, aesthetics, and memory, and how planning and urban design practices are implicated in the spatialization of race and racism. Her forthcoming book, Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City (UNC Press, November 2019), explores how blackness is aestheticized and deployed to organize landscapes and foster capital in Washington, D.C. Her research has been supported by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, among others. She is one of the primary instructors for the core courses for the Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS 200 and GMS201).

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Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering | joanwalker@berkeley.edu

Walker was hired through the Global Metropolitan Studies initiative to enhance the university's strength in urban infrastructure systems. Her research focuses on transportation systems, with a particular focus on behavioral modeling. She works to improve the models that are used for transportation planning, policy, and operations.  Walker currently serves as a Co-Director of GMS, and she is one of the primary instructors for the core courses for the Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies (GMS 200 and GMS201).