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Cities and Sovereignty: Identity Politics in Urban Spaces Hardcover – February 1, 2011

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"Investigates the complex intersection of identity, community, nation, state, and sovereignty in urban spaces.... [A]n exciting and innovative contribution." —Kevin Dunn, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

(Kevin Dunn, Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

"This book offers valuable interdisciplinary perspectives on the nature of identity conflicts and governance, and their impacts upon the urban condition. This book is an insightful read for the urbanist, sociologist, political geographer, and historian alike—or anyone for that matter who is searching for a deeper understanding of the complexities of identities and their relations with networks
of sovereignty." —Contemporary Sociology

(Contemporary Sociology)

About the Author

Diane E. Davis is Professor of Political Sociology and Head of the International Development Group, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT.

Nora Libertun de Duren is Director of Planning, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.


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Professor Gerardo del Cerro Santamaría (Catedrático Adjunto de Urbanismo y Globalización) has taught at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Skidmore College, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has contributed several books, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and journal articles to the fields of globalized urbanization, megaprojects and globalization, architecture and social science, science and technology studies, urban environmental engineering and program and organizational evaluation.

Dr del Cerro Santamaría is the author of Engineering Meaning. Evaluation Research at a World-Class Institution (Aracne, 2009) and Of Athena and Hermes. Essays in Social Science (Lambert, 2011), and the editor of Urban Megaprojects. A Worldwide View (Emerald, 2013), a volume that includes contributions from researchers in top universities in the USA, Europe and Asia and praised as "essential reading for students of urban politics, planning, sociology, and geography" by Susan Fainstein (Harvard Graduate School of Design).

Professor del Cerro Santamaría's book Bilbao. Basque Pathways to Globalization (Elsevier, 2007) is regarded as a seminal contribution to the field of globalized urbanization and "one of the more sophisticated studies of globalization available today" (Diane Davis, Harvard Graduate School of Design). This book generated worldwide interest and Dr del Cerro Santamaría was interviewed in several occasions by architecture, planning and social science periodicals.

Del Cerro Santamaría is currently working on a book manuscript about the urban experience in New York City tentatively titled Ten New York Memos for the 21st Century. He is also preparing a textbook about the "urbanism and globalization" research field. In addition, he is at work on what will become his first two books in Spanish, Behatokia. Reflexiones sobre urbanismo, política y sociedad (Observatory. Reflections on Urbanism, Politics and Society) and Urbanismo, arquitectura y globalización (Urbanism, Architecture and Globalization)

As a Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Gerardo taught a Ph.D. seminar on "Cities, Regional Restructuring and Globalization" to students from MIT and Harvard. He was invited to teach this MIT seminar at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). From 2008-11, Gerardo was affiliated with the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and also participated in the design of an Urban Practice curriculum for the newly created Indian Institute for Human Settlements. Gerardo continues to be involved with MIT, currently as a member of the Global MIT Program (http://global.mit.edu/projects/project/11.426-cities-and-globalization/).

Dr del Cerro Santamaría is an op-ed columnist for the Spanish daily DEIA, a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the journal "Puente Atlِántico" (Spanish Professionals in America), and a member of RC 21, the Research Committee on Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association. He is also a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.

Gerardo has been invited to speak about his research work by institutions in several countries and has been a reviewer of the work of others for journals such as Public Understanding of Science, Journal of Engineering Education, Political Power and Social Theory, International Sociology Review of Books, Political Geography, International Conference on Knowledge Generation, Communication and Management, The Gender and Science Digital Library, ASEE Annual Conferences, IEEE Transactions in Engineering, Frontiers in Education Conferences and many others.

In addition to his scholarly expertise and activities, Dr del Cerro Santamaría is a recognized specialist in the area of assessment and evaluation in higher education, with several publications in this field, and serves as Founding Director of Institutional Assessment and Innovation at The Cooper Union. In this position, he leads and coordinates all accreditation activities as well as all institutional and program evaluation and innovation initiatives taking place at the University, and works closely with faculty from all Departments in the design and implementation of evaluation plans for faculty research projects. In addition, Dr del Cerro Santamaría is a member of Cooper's institution-wide Planning and Assessment Council since its inception.

A graduate of Harvard Business School's Executive Program on Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Non-Profit Organizations, Gerardo was from 1997-2002 Program Area Leader for the U.S. National Science Foundation's Gateway Engineering Program and advised organizations in Russia, Japan, and South Korea on social science methods for program and organizational planning and evaluation. Since 2007, Gerardo has served as Evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. He is a Member of the American Evaluation Association.

Educated in the Sciences, the Arts, Philosophy and the Social Sciences in Spain, Germany and the United States, Gerardo attended the Instituto Público de Medina de Pomar (Spain) where he specialized in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and graduated summa cum laude (Matrícula de Honor). From 1984-9, he pursued his undergraduate education and received Bachelor degrees in Philosophy of Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Music Theory from the Madrid Royal Conservatory, both with highest honors and a 4.00 GPA. A few years later, after returning from Universität Konstanz in Baden-Württemberg (Germany), he received the graduate degree of "Professor of Piano" from the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music.

At age 23, Gerardo was selected from among a very large pool of candidates to be a Visiting Scholar and Director of the Spanish House at Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York). Upon his return to Spain in 1990, he started graduate work in the social sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. In 1992 he obtained a full-tuition scholarship (the prestigious University Fellowship) for graduate study at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he received a Master's degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Political Economy/Urbanism while simultaneously completing his doctorate in Economic Sociology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He obtained both Ph.D. degrees summa cum laude.

During his Ph.D. Candidate years at the New School for Social Research, Gerardo was elected Student Representative to the Institution-wide Search Committee for Director of the Center on Ethnicity, Migration and Citizenship. More recently, he has been appointed Honorary Member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The Cooper Union and nominated for Membership in the Manhattan Committee on Foreign Relations. Back in Spain, Dr del Cerro Santamaría was awarded the Doctoral Medal of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Alumni Association Award of the Colegio Mayor Ximénez de Cisneros.

Gerardo obtained Permanent Residence in the U.S.A. under the USCIS highly selective "Outstanding Researchers and Professors" program, which requires demonstrated evidence of international recognition of the candidate's professional career. On October 11th, 2011, he became a citizen of the United States of America.

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