Celina Su

Celina Su

Democracy Senior Scholar AY 2021-2022
Celina Su

Celina Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and a professor of political science at the City University of New York. Her academic, pedagogical, and creative work focuses on everyday struggles for collective governance, centering economic democracy and racial justice. 

Celina has served on New York City's participatory budgeting Steering Committee since its inception in 2011, and her current book project centers direct democracy, epistemic justice, and racial subjectivities in budget justice in the US. Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press) and pieces in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, n+1, and elsewhere. Grounded in specific struggles and with specific communities (e.g., in education organizing in the South Bronx, refugee public health in northwest Thailand, and participatory budgeting in New York City), Celina's work seeks to engage critical, bottom-up perspectives across geographical locales and disciplinary lines. She received a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from MIT, and she has received several distinguished fellowships, including a Berlin Prize and a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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