THE TRICONTINENTAL

STAFF

Vijay Prashad

Director

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Prashad is the author of twenty-five books, including The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South, and ten edited volumes, including Land of Blue Helmets: The United Nations in the Arab World. As a journalist, he writes regularly for The Hindu (India), Frontline (India), BirGün (Turkey) and Alternet (USA) and appears regularly on The Real News Network and Democracy Now. He is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (New Delhi). He has appeared in two films – Shadow World (2016) and Two Meetings (2017). For twenty five years, he was a professor at Trinity College; he has also been the Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut, where he was a Senior Fellow of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy.

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Renata Porto Bugni

Deputy Director

Renata Porto Bugni is a public policy analyst, an activist and a teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations at UNESP. Her master’s degree from the University of São Paulo (USP) was on public polices for Brazilian women, notably in the fight against violence. Renata's political career began in Brazil's student movement. She is now a member of the political organisation Consulta Popular. Between 2014 and 2017, she was a professor in Brazil's public and private universities. Renata spent seven years working to develop public policies that address social justice at the State Secretariat for Justice and Defense of Citizenship as well as to develop indicators to measure aspects of social life such as education, health and public transit at City Hall of São Paulo. She is based in São Paulo.

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Celina della Croce

Coordinator

Celina della Croce is an organiser, activist, and advocate for social justice. She has spent the last four years working in the labour movement with the Service Employees Union and the Fight for 15, organising for economic, racial, and immigrant justice. She has also been an active participant in the fight for social justice in St. Louis, MO in the streets as well as through her work with the Anti Racism Collective and Humans of St. Louis. She has a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and has spent two years living and studying in Argentina, Brazil, Nicaragua, Chile, and France.

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E. Ahmet Tonak

Economist

E. Ahmet Tonak is the author and editor of several books including Measuring the Wealth of Nations: The Political Economy of National Accounts (with Anwar Shaikh), Turkey in Transition: New Perspectives (edited with Irvin Schick) and Marxism and Classes (edited with Sungur Savran and Kurtar Tanyılmaz). Trained as a mechanical engineer at Istanbul Technical University, he earned a Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research. Tonak taught for many years at Istanbul Bilgi University, Middle East Technical University, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and is currently a visiting professor at UMASS Amherst. He wrote for several Turkish dailies and contributes to sendika.org, an alternative news portal in Turkey.

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Nate Singham

Researcher

Nate Singham is currently based in São Paulo, Brazil. Prior to that, he lived in Quito, Ecuador where he worked as a writer for the online news agency teleSUR English. Before entering the field of journalism, Nate obtained his master’s degree in Agrarian Studies and Rural Development from La Universidad Mayor De San Simón in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Most importantly, Nate considers himself to be an avid learner, a problem solver and a political enthusiast.

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Tings Chak

Designer

Tings Chak is an activist and artist, trained in architecture, her work draws inspiration from and contributes to the migrant justice and internationalist working class struggles she is a part of. Her graphic novel, Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (2017), explores the role of architecture in the control of migrant bodies and the politics of visual representation. She is currently based in Johannesburg and São Paulo.

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P. Sainath

Senior Fellow

P. Sainath is India’s most important reporter. He has spent the past three decades covering rural India, work that resulted in the creation of the People’s Archive of Rural India. Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen calls Sainath ‘one of the world’s great experts on famine and hunger’. In 2000, Sainath was the first reporter to win Amnesty International’s Global Award for Human Rights Journalism and that same year he won the UN Food & Agricultural Organisation’s Boerma Prize. Sainath is the 2007 winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (Asia’s most prestigious prize) and the 2014 winner of the World Media Summit Global Award. Sainath’s book – Everybody Loves a Good Drought (1996) – has been reprinted in a 20th anniversary edition as a Penguin Classic. He has written the foreword for John Reed’s Ten Days that Shook the World (LeftWord, 2018).

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Tanya Rawal

Researcher

Tanya Rawal is a researcher, educator, and activist. As a trained comparatist and interdisciplinary scholar with a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Riverside, Rawal has taught in the departments of philosophy, gender studies, comparative literature, media and cultural studies, and sustainability studies. Her course titles range from ‘anti-colonial critical theory’ and ‘transnational feminist philosophy’ to ‘gender and sustainability in the global south’ and ‘global south cinema.’ Rawal has been invited to teach at University of Delhi, University of California, Riverside, and California State University, Los Angeles. In 2015 Rawal created ‘Saree, Not Sorry’—a global digital movement that uses fashion as a medium to advocate for immigrant and minority rights. She worked with BBC Media Action Network as a specialist in gender and media before joining Tricontinental.

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Ghassane Koumiya

Researcher

Ghassane Koumiya is a Professor of Translation at the Institute of Leadership and Journalism in Rabat (Morocco). He is a political anthropologist who has worked on grassroots, political and popular movements from the Maghreb region. Ghassane has been active in the trade union movement and human rights movement in Morocco. He is currently completing his PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Ljubljana University (Slovenia).

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Jose Seoane

Coordinator

José is a researcher who has studied reflected on social movements and regional socio-political processes in Latin America. He regularly collaborates in training and educational activities with people’s movements and assists in various regional coordination efforts led by the movements. José is a sociologist, Doctorate in Social Sciences, and professor and researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, where he is a part of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (GEAL) through the Institute of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (IEALC). He assists in the coordination of the José Carlos Mariátegui School of Political Education and has published, among others, the books “Extractivism, Looting, and Climate Change: Challenges for Social Movements and the Emancipatory Projects of Our America,” and “The Neoliberal (Re)configurations of Environmental Issues.

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Nayla Pis Diez

Researcher

Nayla is a militant, researcher, and professor in Argentina. She has been engaged in various political struggles since 2008 that are linked to spaces of political formation and the feminist, anti-capitalist, and Latin American ideological struggle. She is a member of the Center of Studies for Social Change (CECS) and the Martina Chapan and Education Collective of Popular Feminism of Latin America. She is a sociologist and received her PhD in Social Sciences from the University of La Plata, where she is a professor at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Work. Since 2016, she has been part of the fifth class specializing in Latin American Studies at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora and at the National Florestan Fernandes School in Brazil. She has published various articles about recent Argentine history as well as universities and the student movement in Latin America.

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Maria Belén Roca Pamich

Researcher

Belén is a sociologist and militant from Argentina. She has been engaged in various political struggles related to popular education in prisons and alternative media through the Atrapamuros Collective since 2009. She has a degree in Sociology and is currently completing her PhD in Social Sciences at the National University of La Plata, where she is researching public safety and teaching sociology classes in prisons.

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Adrián Pulleiro

Researcher

Adrián Pulleiro is a researcher and professor in Argentina. In his formative years he was an active participant in the student movement and has participated in a broad range of political activities. He has also been engaged in various forms of alternative media. He has an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and a doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. He is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires and the National University of La Pampa and is the author of the books “Alternative Radio in Latin America: Debate and Experiences from their origin to the 21st century” and “Liberals, Populists, and Heterodox: Studies of Intelectuals, Culture, and Politics in recent Argentina.”

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Luciana Balbuena

Researcher

Luciana is a high school teacher and militant in Argentina. She has participated in various political movements since 2009 organizing with students and education workers. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies, which she also teaches. Through her studies and teaching, she has developed her knowledge of youth and their connection to information and new technology.

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Emiliano Lopez

Researcher

Emiliano is a militant, researcher, and professor. Since 2004, he has been active in various political movements and spaces linked to labor organizing and political education within popular movements. He is a member of the Laboratory of Sociological and Economic Labor Studies (LESET) at the University of La Plata. He received his PhD in Economics At the University of La Plata (UNLP), where he teachers in the College of Humanities. He has published various articles and books, including “The Post-Neoliberal Years: From the Crisis to the Consolidation of A New Method of Development.” He studies themes linked to the political economy, political sociology, and methods of development that are in dispute in Argentina today.

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Srujana Bodapati

Coordinator

Srujana has mainly worked in the area agrarian relations in India. She has participated in village studies in different parts of India. From time to time she writes on Indian banking sector issues in NewsClick. She was active in student politics in Delhi and still takes active interest in left politics and struggles.

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Pindiga Ambedkar

Researcher

Pindiga Ambedkar received his MPhil from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he focused his studies on issues faced by the oppressed classes (specifically, the lower castes or Dalits) in science and technology institutes in India. As a student, P. Ambedkar was an active member of Students' Federation of India (SFI) and was elected as the Vice-President of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Students' Union (2007-08) while pursuing his Master’s. In addition to his research, P. Ambedkar is engaged with Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch ("the Platform for Liberation of the Oppressed" in English), which fights against caste discrimination. Prior to joining the Tricontinental, he worked as a correspondent with NewsClick, a web-based journal headquartered in New Delhi.

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Subin Dennis

Researcher

Subin Dennis is an economist and activist based in New Delhi. Hailing from Kerala, he holds M.A. and MPhil. degrees in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was active with the student movement and served as the Delhi State Vice-President of the Students' Federation of India (SFI). Subin's writings in English and Malayalam on issues related to economy and politics appear in various periodicals and websites. He worked with the online news portal NewsClick as a writer before joining Tricontinental.

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André Cardoso

Coordinator

André Cardoso is a Brazilian militant and economist. He worked as an economic adviser at the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (DIEESE) for seven years, working directly with the Metalworkers' Union of Brazil. In partnership with his colleagues at DIEESE, he published an analysis of the metallurgical sector in Brazil and the working world in the years 2003 to 2013 entitled "The Faces of the Metallurgical Industry in Brazil". He was a militant of the youth organization of the Levante Popular da Junventude (“Popular Youth Uprising”) and is currently an active member of the organization Consulta Popular (“Popular Consultation”).

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Cristiane Ganaka

Researcher

Cristiane Ganaka is an economist and also holds a bachelor's degree in science and humanities from the Federal University of ABC (UFABC). She was a part of the student movement as an undergraduate and volunteered for the Economic Observatory of ABC. She worked with the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (DIEESE) for over five years, working directly with the National Confederation of Metalworkers, part of the Unified Workers' Central (CUT). She researched industry and, more specifically, the metallurgical sector from a perspective of gender, race, and youth, as well as the labor market and labor relations.

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Olivia Carolino Pires

Researcher

Olívia Carolino Pires is an activist with the organization Consulta Popular and has been part of the leadership of Projeto Brasil Popular since 2015. She completed her bachelor’s degree in economics at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo in 2005 and her master’s in economic development from the University of Campinas in 2009 where she focused on economic history. She received her PhD social sciences from the Catholic University of São Paulo in 2015, where she taught in the economics department in 2008 and 2017. She was part of a team of popular educators with the Center of Popular Education through the Instituto Sedes Sapientiae (2015-2018). She is also a professor at the National Florestan Fernandes School and works alongside popular movements and unions in Brazil to further political and popular education projects.

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Richard Pithouse

Coordinator

Richard Pithouse is an Associate Professor at the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WiSER), the editor of New Frame and a newspaper columnist. He has been a regular contributor to the press for 25 years, and for a time was a contributing editor at The Con. He has held various academic positions, teaching philosophy and politics, and writing about political theory, popular movements and cities. He has a particular scholarly interest in Frantz Fanon.

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Nontobeko Hlela

Researcher

Nontobeko Hlela began her political career as an academic teaching Politics in Durban, South Africa. She has worked as a senior diplomat and was based in Nairobi, Kenya for some years. She is also a researcher with experience across Africa. Her research focuses on the prospects for advancing the interests of Africa and the Global South on the international stage.

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Miriam Di Paola

Researcher

Miriam Di Paola is a labour researcher and an activist. She moved from Rome to Johannesburg in 2010. Both in Italy and in South Africa, Miriam has participated in political struggles, including the mineworkers fight for a better wage in Marikana, South Africa and the initiative launched by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to build a United Front of workers and community organisations. Miriam has been working on several research projects at the University of Witwatersrand and at the University of Johannesburg, as well as with international organisations. She has published on issues of political economy of migration, the South African labour market, xenophobia and trade unions, and nursing shortages. Miriam holds two Master’s Degrees and is currently working on her PhD on the political economy of the nursing crisis in public health.

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Mwelela Cele

Researcher

Mwelela Cele has worked as a Curator, Education Officer, Researcher, Librarian, Events/Programmes Coordinator and Translator. He has a very strong interest in History, both written or oral, and in Historical/Heritage sites. He has worked at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Documentation Centre and Campbell Collections, specifically the Killie Campbell Africana Library, at Digital Innovation South Africa (DISA), and at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville which celebrates the life of Chief Albert Luthuli. More recently he spent several years in Ginsberg, King William's Town (eQonce) in the Eastern Cape at the Steve Biko Foundation and Centre, and is currently the Archivist and Public Programmes Director at New Frame in Johannesburg. He has published a range of articles in Newspapers, Academic Journals, in Books and online publications. Mainly he is interested in historical/political/cultural research, reading, writing, and feature films.

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