Participants/ Fonna Forman

Professor of Political Theory and Founding Director of Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman are directors of the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative and are Principles at Estudio Teddy Cruz + 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. From 2012-2013 they served as special advisors on Civic and Urban Initiatives for the City of San Diego and led the development of its Civic Innovation Lab. They are presently co-investigating a Ford Foundation-funded study on citizenship culture in the San Diego-Tijuana border region in collaboration with Antanas Mockus and the Bogota-based NGO, Corpovisionarios.

Fonna Forman is best known for her revisionist work on Adam Smith, recuperating the ethical, social, spatial, and public dimensions of his political economy. Current work focuses on human rights at the urban scale, climate justice in cities, and equitable urban development in the global south. She presently serves as Vice-Chair of the University of California Climate Solutions Group and on the Global Citizenship Commission (advising UN policy on human rights), due to her expertise on social and economic rights.