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Associate Professor, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Bosch Fellow in Public Policy - Class of Fall 2012


Celina Su is an associate professor of political science at the City University of New York and co-founding executive director of the Burmese Refugee Project, which employs participatory models to foster community development among Shan Burmese refugees in northwest Thailand. From 2011 to 2012, Su served on the steering committee for New York City’s inaugural participatory budgeting process, whereby residents (rather than elected officials) decided how local capital funds should be spent. Her research, focusing on civil society and the cultural politics of education and health policy, has been awarded many grants, among them the New York University / MasterCard Foundation Grant (2010), four consecutive PSC-CUNY Grant (2006 through 2009), the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching (2007), and the New York University/Ford Foundation Grant (2006). She has written numerous articles and two books on participatory democracy and civic engagement, the politics of health, and education policy: Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell, 2009), and, co-authored with Gaston Alonso, Noel Anderson, and Jeanne Theoharis Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education (New York University Press, 2009).