Fonna Forman,

Political Scientist, UC San Diego and Principal, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman :


Fonna Forman (JD, PhD Chicago) is a professor of political theory and founding Director of the Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego. A Her work engages the intersection of ethics, public culture, urban policy and the city - including human rights at the urban scale, climate justice, border ethics and equitable urbanization. She is a principal in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego. Merging theory and practice, and the fields of architecture and urbanism, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture, Cruz + Forman lead variety of urban research agendas and civic / public interventions in the San Diego-Tijuana border region and beyond. Together they lead the UCSD Community Stations, a platform for engaged research and teaching on poverty and social equity. Forman serves on the Global Citizenship Commission (advising UN policy on human rights), and is Vice-Chair of the University of California’s Bending the Curve report on climate change solutions.


Unwalling Citizenship

In our increasingly walled world, and amidst the surge of anti-immigrant sentiment everywhere, can the idea of citizenship be recuperated for more emancipatory and inclusive political and social agendas?  Forman will discuss the practices of "citizenship culture” at the US-Mexico border, and the inspiration for MEXUS, a project exhibited by Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Biennale Architecttura in Venice.