The planning committee of the 2014 Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference – “Materialities” – is pleased to announce that Ananya Roy (UC Berkeley) will deliver the keyonte address at this year’s conference.
Presentation title: “Bottom Billion Capitalism: How Poverty Became a Global Market”
Ananya Roy is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. She previously held the Friesen Chair in Urban Studies. Roy teaches in the fields of urban studies and international development. She also serves as Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. In this capacity, she is founding chair of the undergraduate program in Global Poverty and Practice. From 2009 to 2012 she served as co-director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Center and from 2005 to 2009 she served as Associate Dean of International and Area Studies. In 2006, Roy was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honor UC Berkeley bestows on its faculty. Also in 2006, Roy was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Mentors award, a recognition bestowed by the Graduate Assembly of the University of California at Berkeley.
Roy holds a B.A. (1992) in Comparative Urban Studies from Mills College, a M.C.P. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1999) from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), co-editor of Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives from the Middle East, South Asia, and Latin America (with Nezar AlSayyad; Lexington Books, 2004); The Practice of International Health (with Daniel Perlman; Oxford University Press, 2008) and Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global (with Aihwa Ong, Blackwell 2011). Her book, Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development (Routledge, 2010), is the recipient of the 2011 Paul Davidoff Book Award of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, a book award for research that advances social justice. Roy is currently completing a co-edited book, with Emma Shaw Crane, titled Territories of Poverty (forthcoming, University of Georgia Press, 2014).