Umud Dalgic, PhD
Umud received his PhD from Northwestern University and lived in Chicago for seven years. He studied neoliberal economic reforms in Chile and Turkey. His areas of specialization are economic sociology and urban political economy. After returning to Turkey, he worked as a project coordinator responsible for international politics programs in Heinrich Boll Stiftung Turkey Representation, a German Green Party foundation and fund-giving organization. He lectured on economic sociology at Bilgi University and taught introduction to social sciences at Ozyegin University in Istanbul. This is his fourth semester teaching with IHP. In addition to scholarly work, Umud is active in right-to-the-city, ecology, and struggle-for-the-urban-commons movements. He is promoting food sovereignty through an urban consumer collective that buys produce in solidarity from families who maintain the historic gardens along Istanbul’s UNESCO heritage city walls, and he is building a working, meeting, and creation space to socialize freelance workers, activists, and artists. He also volunteers as a simultaneous interpreter and translator for the Turkish member organization of La Via Campesina, an international movement of small farmers, peasant families, and rural workers organizations.
- PhD, Northwestern University