Celina Su is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, and a member of the Critical & Environmental Psychology Faculty. Her work focuses on how everyday citizens engage in and shape policy-making and community development—via deliberative democracy, community organizations, and protest and social movements. Her past work examined whether and how civil society organizations critically engaged and addressed the needs of local marginalized populations, negotiated and constructed notions of race/ ethnicity, and shaped their political strategies vis-à-vis the state.
Her publications include Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press, 2009), Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education (co-authored with Gaston Alonso, Noel Anderson, and Jeanne Theoharis, New York University Press, 2009), Introducing Global Health: Practice, Policy, and Solutions (co-authored with Peter Muennig, John Wiley/ Jossey-Bass, 2013), and articles in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Annual Review of Sociology, Critical Policy Studies, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, among other journals. Her honors include a Berlin Prize and a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2001, she co-founded the Burmese Refugee Project (www.burmeserefugeeproject.org), which engages over 200 Shan refugees in northwest Thailand in a participatory model of community development. She has also served on the Research Board and Steering Committee for New York City’s participatory budgeting process since it began in 2011, and she serves on the Advisory Board of the Participatory Budgeting Project (http://www.participatorybudgeting.org/).