Fonna Forman is a professor of political theory and the founding director of the Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego. A theorist of ethics and public culture, she focuses on human rights at the urban scale, climate justice in cities, and equitable urbanization in the Global South. She has also written extensively on recuperating the public and social dimensions of modern economic theory. She serves as vice chair of the University of California Climate Solutions group, and on the Global Citizenship Commission (advising UN policy on human rights). Together with Teddy Cruz she codirects the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative, and the two are principals of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego. Their work emphasizes urban conflict and informality as sites of intervention for rethinking public policy and civic infrastructure, with a special emphasis on Latin American cities. In 2012–13 they served as special advisers on civic and urban initiatives for the City of San Diego and led the development of its Civic Innovation Lab.
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