Orfalea Center Team

Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies and Professor at the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a political scientist and anthropologist who speaks seven languages and has published in nine languages. He holds affiliate appointments in Feminist Studies, Sociology, Comparative Literature, Middle East Studies, and Latin American & Iberian Studies, and has been awarded two Fulbright Fellowships in the past. Before he began his academic career, he worked as a journalist in Cairo, a police reformer and sexuality-rights activist in Rio de Janeiro, and as a conflict-resolution and economic-development specialist at the United Nations. His books include: Cairo Cosmopolitan (2006); New Racial Missions of Policing (2010); Global South to the Rescue (2011); Dispatches from the Arab Spring (2013); and The Middle East and Brazil (2014). His book "The Security Archipelago" was awarded the Charles Taylor Award for "Best Book of the Year" in 2014 by the American Political Science Association.

Paul Amar

Director

Melissa Bator

Academic Coordinator

Victor Faessel

Associate Director Mellichamp Initiative on 21st Century Global Dynamics

CY Xu

Graduate Student Researcher

Orfalea Consultative Council Members

Walid Afifi

Communication

Jude Akudinobe

Black Studies

Jaime Alves

Black Studies

Abdulhamit Arvas

Theater

Jean Beaman

Sociology

Felice Blake

English

Utathya Chattopadhyaya

History

Mhoze Chikowero

History

Charmaine Chua

Global Studies

Nadège T. Clitandre

Global Studies

Michael Curtin

Film & Media

Mona Damluji

Film & Media

Sabine Fruhstuck

East Asian Studies

Bishnupriya Ghosh

Global Studies/English

Lisa Hajjar

Sociology

Jeff Hoelle

Anthropology

Melody Jue

English

ann-elise lewallen

East Asian Studies

Xiaorong Li

East Asian Studies

Cecilia Méndez

Latin American Studies

Stephan Miescher

History

Alice O’Connor

History

Raquel Pacheco

Anthropology

Luke Roberts

East Asian Studies

Emiko Saldivar

Anthropology

Daina Sanchez

Chicano Studies

Bhaskar Sarkar

Film & Media Studies

Sherene Seikaly

History

Satyajit Singh

Political Science

Kai Thaler

Global Studies

Omise’eke Tinsley

Black Studies

Winddance Twine

Sociology

Cristina Venegas

Film & Media

Terrance Wooten

Black Studies