Fabiola Berdiel is the Director for International Field Programs and faculty at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. She is an urban researcher and community development practitioner. Her research interests include feminist and de-colonial perspectives on urbanism and public space and design thinking as a tool for socioeconomic development. Fabiola has a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Sarah Lawrence, a Masters in International Affairs from The New School, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Urban and Public Policy doctorate program at The New School. Fabiola has worked and conducted field research in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal, Israel, Nepal, India, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Turkey, Ireland, and Spain. She is co-founder of DEED: Development through Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Design at The New School.
Christopher London- Colombia Field Coordinator
Christopher London joined the New School in 2010 as Assistant Professor of Practice in the Graduate Program in International Affairs. In various capacities, he has worked in the analysis, organization, and implementation of social change initiatives, especially with regard to citizen engagement in planning and development. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. His graduate research focused on the design and change of farming systems in tropical countries as well as citizenship and community engagement in planning and development. Outside of the academy he has worked in Washington, D.C. to promote and expand third-party certification and labeling of coffee; run a Non-Governmental Organization, Educate the Children, that conducts a unique integrated community development program in rural Nepal; and been the director of The North American Congress on Latin America, a nonprofit who flagship journal, The NACLA Report on the Americas, is dedicated to the critical analysis of US policy toward Latin America as well as of Latin American political economy generally. Since joining the New School, Christopher has dedicated himself to translating the applied work of social change into the pedagogical environment of the classroom. He has also reinitiated research on rural economy and democracy in Colombia, and during a summer International Field Program works with teams of students to facilitate and analyze participatory development planning in rural Colombia.
Peter Lucas- Brazil Field Coordinator
Peter Lucas teaches in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at the New School. He received his Ph.D. from NYU in 1996. His teaching and scholarly writing focuses on human rights with an emphasis on participatory media, documentary practice, photography, the poetics of witnessing, human rights education, and youth media. He also directs the International Field Program for Brazil. His publications include Viva Favela: Photojournalism, Visual Inclusion, and Human Rights in Brazil and Action for Disarmament: Ten Things you Can Do on United Nations Publications. In 2012, Peter Lucas was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his documentary film projects.
Everita Silina- The Balkans Field Coordinator
Everita Silina completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Her research interests include theories of justice, representation and democracy in post-national context, political economy and theories of integration, the European Union and the politics of Europeanization, human rights and international law. Her research has focused on theories of justice and social contract, especially, models of democratic legitimacy, and the new governance mechanisms in the European Union. At the core of this research is a concern with the apparent incommensurability between the notions of justice crafted in a context of nation states and the increasing integration of financial and economic spheres at regional and global levels. Currently she is working on a project with Sheri P. Rosenberg at the Program in Holocaust and Human Rights Studies, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law that reassesses the concept of genocide by combining international law, human rights and political spheres of inquiry. She has co-authored a study called Genocide by Attrition, an excerpt of which has been published as a chapter in Joyce Apsel and Ernesto Verdeja edited volume Genocide Matters: Ongoing Issues and Emerging Perspectives (Routledge 2013). Everita chaired the International Field Program in Hong Kong for many years and currently chairs the IFP in Istanbul.
Gabriel Vignoli- Cuba Field Coordinator
Gabriel Vignoli is the Faculty Field Coordinator for the Cuba International Field Program. As a faculty member at the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, Gabriel. His research interests focus is in Cuba, looking at black markets as alternative modes of governance, more specifically at how they operate as sites of economic and legal experimentation in the production of national and transnational economies.