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Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Founding Director, UCSD Center on Global Justice

University of California, San Diego

UCSD Center on Global Justice

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093-0521

Editor, Adam Smith Review

July 2017

Fonna Forman is founding Director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice. She is a political theorist best known for her revisionist work on Adam Smith, recuperating the ethical, social, spatial and public dimensions of his thought. Since 2009 she has been Editor of the Adam Smith Review, the premier international journal of Smith’s thought. Forman’s research has evolved in increasingly grounded directions, engaging issues at the intersection of ethics, public culture, policy and the city - including human rights at the urban scale, climate justice, border ethics and equitable urbanization. Recent work includes a volume with Amartya Sen on critical interventions in global justice theory; a volume with Teddy Cruz on urban informality; a research collaboration on “grounded normative theory” (working with similarly grounded theorists to develop a new set of empirical methods for political theory), and thematic papers on ‘municipal cosmopolitanism’, ‘cross-border citizenship’, ‘climate migration’, and ‘participatory urbanization.’ She is presently writing a monograph on the diverse legacies of Adam Smith in Latin America.

Blurring conventional boundaries between theory and practice, and transgressing the fields of architecture and urbanism, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture, Forman partners closely with UCSD urbanist and architect Teddy Cruz on a variety of urban research projects and public interventions. From 2012-13 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. Together they founded the UCSD Cross-Border Initiative, a platform for engaged research and teaching on poverty and social equity in the San Diego-Tijuana border region. And they are principals in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice investigating issues of informal urbanization, civic infrastructure and public culture, with an emphasis on Latin American cities. Their work has been profiled widely in important publications including Domus, ArtForum, The New York Times, Next City, and e-flux; and exhibited in prestigious cultural venues across the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York; Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; the Medellín Museum of Modern Art; and the 2016 Shenzhen Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture, among others. Forman + Cruz are currently completing two monographs: one on ‘cross-border citizenship’; and another, a cross-section of their public interventions, Top-Down / Bottom-Up, under contract with Hatje Cantz, Berlin. Their work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ArtPlace America, the Surdna Foundation, the PARC Foundation, the San Diego Foundation, and generous gifts by Richard C. Blum and Daniel Yankelovich, among others.

Forman has served on various civic and policy advisory bodies at local and international scales, including the Global Citizenship Commission (2013-6) chaired by the Rt. Hon Gordon Brown, advising UN policy on human rights in the 21st century. Most recently she has partnered on several advisory projects with renowned UCSD climatologist, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, that investigate the social and ethical dimensions of climate change, including a 2017 paper on ‘climate migration’ for the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Social Sciences, an international task-force in on keeping global warming below 2° C; and serving as Vice-Chair of the University of California’s Bending the Curve report of 2015 (a set of ten scalable solutions for climate stability designed by 50 faculty from diverse disciplines across the University of California). In 2016-7 Forman and Ramanathan piloted a system-wide University of California undergraduate course on scalable solutions to climate change.

Forman is an advocate for engaged social science, and deepening university-community research partnerships. At UC San Diego, she is affiliated with the Center for Energy Research, and serves on the advisory boards of the Climate Neutrality Task Force, the Urban Studies and Planning program, the Global Health program, FF21 (Food and Fuel for the 21st Century), the Center for Tomorrow’s California and the US-Mexico Binational Consortium on Border Challenges, a network of research universities across the border region.

Ph.D. Political Science, University of Chicago, 2001

J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School, 1993

B.A. Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989

Academic Appointments

Director, UCSD Center on Global Justice, 2017-

Founding Co-Director (with Teddy Cruz), UCSD / Blum Cross-Border Initiative, 2012-

Founding Co-Director (with Gerry Mackie), UCSD Center on Global Justice (ORU), 2011-16

Associate Professor (with tenure) University of California, San Diego, Dept. of Political Science, 2009-

Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, Dept. of Political Science 2002-2009

Visiting Appointments / Masterclasses

-Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Dept. of Urban Planning and Design, Fall 2018

-University of Rome, Tor Vergata, Master in Development Economics and International Cooperation, May 2017

-University of Pennsylvania, School of Architecture (with Anuradha Mathur), Spring 2017.

-Middlebury College, Cameron Visiting Professor, March 2017

-Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Masters in Sustainable Emergency Architecture, November 2016

Editorial Appointments

Editor, Adam Smith Review (Routledge), 2009-

Assistant Editor, Political Theory (Sage), 1999-2001
Areas of Specialization

Political theory

Public culture

Adam Smith

Global justice, theories and practices

Equitable urbanization and public space

Human rights

Climate justice

Special Advisor on Civic and Urban Initiatives, Civic Innovation Lab, City of San Diego, June 2013-July 2014
Member, Global Citizenship Commission reporting to the United Nations on human rights implementation in the 21st Century), January 2013-April 2016.
Vice-Chair, University of California Climate Solutions Group, tasked with identifying a set of actionable solutions for ‘bending the curve’ on climate change, 2015-6.
Co-PI, University of California-TomKat Net-Zero Communication Working Group, tasked with developing a communication strategy and outreach plan for the University of California to help reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, May 2016-
Member, 1.5C Task Force (chaired by Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Mario J. Molina, Durwood Zaelke). Task Force for promoting fast actions to limit warming within the coming decades, October 2016-December 2016.
Participant, Working Group on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Ross Institute and UCLA, January 2017.

Honors / Awards
2017 The Social Design Circle Award, the 10th Anniversary Design Prize of the Curry Stone Foundation (with Teddy Cruz)
2016 UCSD EO/AA Diversity Award for UCSD Community Stations (with Teddy Cruz, Mike Cole, Bud Mehan, Srinivas Sukumar and Angela Booker)
Published work:

Books / Edited Volumes

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, Top-Down / Bottom-Up: The Political and Architectural Practice of Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman. Berlin: Hatje Cantz, under contract

Helge Mooshammer, Peter Mörtenböck, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, eds. Informal Markets Worlds – Reader: The Architecture of Economic Pressure, Rotterdam: nai010 Publishers, 2015.

Fonna Forman and Gerry Mackie, eds. Amartya Sen and the Idea of Justice: Interdisciplinary engagements, London: Routledge, 2013.

Fonna Forman-Barzilai, Adam Smith and the Circles of Sympathy: Cosmopolitanism and Moral Theory (Ideas in Context 96). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Working papers
Fonna Forman, Brooke Acklerly, Luis Cabrera, Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Chris Tenove and Antje Weiner, “Grounded normative theory: Political theorizing with those who struggle” (working paper)
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “The UCSD Community Stations: Co-producing knowledge at the US-Mexico Border” (working paper)
Fonna Forman, “Amartya Sen and the escape from isolation: rethinking justice in a global age” (working paper)
Articles and papers
Fonna Forman, “Adam Smith and a New Public Imagination” in Are Markets Moral?, eds. Steven Kautz, Arthur Melzer, Jerry Weinberger, and M. Richard Zinman, University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Cross-Border Community Stations,” Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment, eds. Karl Kusserow and Alan Braddock. Princeton: Princeton University Press, forthcoming.
Fonna Forman and Veerabhadran Ramanathan, “Climate Change, Mass Migration And Sustainability: A Probabilistic Case for Urgent Action,” Humanitarianism and Mass Migration, ed. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, University of California Press, forthcoming.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Global Justice at the Municipal Scale: the Case of Medellín, Colombia,” in Institutional Cosmopolitanism, ed. Luis Cabrera. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
Fonna Forman, “Social Norms and the Cross-Border Citizen: From Adam Smith to Antanas Mockus,” in Cultural Agents Reloaded: The Legacy of Antanas Mockus, ed. Carlo Tognato. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “The Cross-Border Public,” in Public Space? Lost and Found, eds. Gediminas Urbonas, Ann Lui and Lucas Freeman, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2017.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Un-walling Citizenship”, Avery Review: Critical Essays on Architecture, No. 21 (Winter, 2017).
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Latin America and a New Political Leadership:

Experimental Acts of Co-Existence,” in Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good, eds. Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson and Dominic Wilsdon, Boston, MA: MIT Press, 2017.

Ramanathan, V., Allison, J., Auffhammer, M., Auston, D., Barnosky, A. D., Chiang, L., W. D. Collins, S. J. Davis, F. Forman, S. B. Hecht, D. M. Kammen, C-Y. C. Lin Lawell, T. Matlock, D. Press, D. Rotman, S. Samuelsen, G. Solomon, D. Victor, B. Washom, J. Christensen, Chapter 1. Bending the Curve: Ten Scalable Solutions for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Stability. Collabra, 2(1), 15. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. DOI:

Forman, F., Solomon, G., Morello-Frosch, R., & Pezzoli, K, Chapter 8. “Bending the Curve and Closing the Gap: Climate Justice and Public Health”. Collabra, 2(1), 22. Oakland: University of California Press, 2016. DOI:

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Changing Practice: Engaging Informal Public Demands” in Informal Markets Worlds – Reader: The Architecture of Economic Pressure, eds. Helge Mooshammer, Peter Mörtenböck, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman. Rotterdam: nai010 Publishers, 2015.

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “The Informal Public Demands a New Conversation: A Virtual Roundtable (with Alejandro Echeverri and Jean-Philipe Vassal), in Informal Markets Worlds – Reader: The Architecture of Economic Pressure, eds. Helge Mooshammer, Peter Mörtenböck, Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman. Rotterdam: nai010 Publishers, 2015.

Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Public Imagination, Citizenship and an Urgent Call for Justice,” The Just City Essays, Next City, ed. Toni Griffin, 2015.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Medellín is the Future” in Medellín: vida y ciudad, ed. Isabel Garcés, Municipality of Medellín, on the occasion of the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum, April 2014.

Fonna Forman and Gerry Mackie, “Introduction: New Frontiers in Global Justice,” in Amartya Sen and the Idea of Justice: Interdisciplinary engagements, eds. Fonna Forman and Gerry Mackie. London: Routledge, 2013, pp. 151-161.

Fonna Forman, “Adam Smith, Moral Portraiture and the Science of Man,” Adam Smith Review VII (2013): 186-91.
Fonna Forman, “From European to Cosmopolitan Freedom” in Freedom and the Construction of Europe, eds. Quentin Skinner and Martin van Gelderen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Taking a Broader View of Humanity: An Interview with Amartya Sen,” in Dialogues with Contemporary Political Theorists, eds. Gary Browning, ‎Raia Prokhovnik and ‎Maria Dimova-Cookson (Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 170-80.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Socratic cosmopolitanism,” Journal of Social and Political Studies I (Fall 2011).
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Smith’s anti-cosmopolitanism,” in Essays on the Philosophy of Adam Smith, eds. Vivienne Brown and Samuel Fleischacker. London: Routledge, 2010.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Why there is no Adam Smith Problem,” The Market Society and its Morality, ed Michael Zoeller. Berlin: Council on Public Policy, 2010.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Commercial Cosmopolis”, trans. as "Kaupallinen Kosmopolis" in Nykyinen taloudellinen globalisaatio ja tieto (Economic Globalization and Knowledge). eds. Teppo Eskelinen, Ilkka Kauppinen, Olli Pekka-Moisio. Helsnki: Osuuskunta Vastapaino, 2008
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Interdisciplinarity in Smith Studies” in “Smith in Contexts: A Symposium on Knud Haakonssen’s Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith,” ed. Fonna Forman-Barzilai, Adam Smith Review 4 (2008): 217-20.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Smith on ‘connexion’, culture and judgment” in New Voices on Adam Smith, eds. Leonidas Montes and Eric Schliesser. London: Routledge, 2006, pp. 89-114.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Sympathy in space(s): Adam Smith on proximity,” Political Theory vol. 33, no. 2 (April 2005): 189-217.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “And thus spoke the spectator: Adam Smith for humanitarians,” Adam Smith Review I (Fall 2004): 167-174.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “The emergence of contextualism in Rousseau’s political thought: The case of Parisian theatre in the Lettre à d’Alembert,History of Political Thought, vol. XXIV, no. 3 (Autumn 2003):435-63.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Adam Smith as globalization theorist,” Critical Review, vol.14, no. 4 (2002): 391-419.
Fonna Forman-Barzilai, “Whose Context? Which Impartiality? Reflections on Griswold’s Smith” Perspectives on Political Science, vol. 30, no. 3 (Summer 2001): 146-50.

Policy papers / reports
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the 21st Century: Report of the Global Citizenship Commission (New York: Open Book Publishers, 2016) Commission Members: K. Anthony Appiah, Laurel Bellows, Nicolas Berggruen, Paul Boghossian, Gordon Brown (Chair), Craig Calhoun, Wang Chenguang, Mohamed ElBaradei, Fonna Forman, Andrew Forrest, Ronald M. George, Asma Jahangir, John Kufuor, Graça Machel, Catherine O’Regan, Ricken Patel, Emma Rothschild, Robert Rubin, Jonathan Sacks, Kailash Satyarthi, Klaus Schwab , Amartya Sen, John Sexton, Robert Shrum, Jeremy Waldron, Joseph Weiler, Rowan Williams, Diane C. Yu (Executive Director). Submitted to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Monday, April 18, 2016.
Bending the Curve: 10 scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability. (The University of California, October 27, 2015). Climate Solutions Group members: Veerabhadran Ramanathan (Chair), Fonna Forman (Vice-Chair), Daniel Kammen (Vice-Chair), Juliann E. Allison, Maximilian Auffhammer, David Auston, Anthony D. Barnosky, Lifang Chiang, William D. Collins, Steven J. Davis, Susanna B. Hecht, C.-Y. Cynthia Lin Lawell, Teenie Matlock, Daniel Press, Douglas Rotman, Scott Samuelsen, Gina Solomon, David G. Victor, Byron Washom.

Well Under 2° C: Fast Action Policies to Protect People and the Planet from Extreme Climate Changes, 2016. Ramanathan, V., Molina, M.J., Zaelke, D., Borgford-Parnell, N., Alex, K., Auffhammer, M., Bledsoe, P., Collins, W., Croes, B., Forman, F., Gustafsson, Ö, Haines, A., Harnish, R., Jacobson, M., Kang, S., Lawrence, M., Leloup, D., Lenton, T., Morehouse, T., Munk, W., Picolotti, R., Prather, K., Raga, G., Rignot, E., Shindell, D., Singh, AK, Steiner, A., Thiemens, M., Titley, D.W., Tucker, M.E., Tripathi, S., Victor, D., & Xu, Y, Submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change through the Climate & Clean Air Coalition.
Catalogue essays, miscellaneous writing
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Cross-Border Citizens,” in CAFAM US/ Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, September 2018.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Rethinking Permanence, Democratizing Space” in Building as Ever, Orange County Museum of Art, May 2017.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Neutrality is Complicity,” Mexican Cities Initiative, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, March 20, 2017.
“Architects continue to denounce AIA, AN has collected outcry here,” The Architect’s Newspaper, November 15, 2016.
Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, “Mediating a New Civic Imagination,” for Habitat III: The Experimental City, Laboratoria para la Ciudad, Mexico City and the UCLG Compact of Mayors, 2016.
Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, “The Wall: The San Diego-Tijuana Border,” ArtForum (Summer 2016): 370-375.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Where is the Public Today? Designing for a New Civic Imagination” in By the People: Designing a Better America, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2016
Kotti & Co + Estudio Teddy + Forman, “The Retrofit Gecekondu”, Wohnungsfrage (Haus der Kulturen Der Welt) 2015.
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Informal Public Demands,” Cityscapes: rethinking urban things, vol. 7, ed. Edgar Pieterse (2015)
Fonna Forman and Teddy Cruz, “Localizing the Global: The Political Equator and the Cross-Border Citizen,” in Border City: Documentation of an interdisciplinary project in San Diego (US) and Tijuana (Mexico) by the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the University of California, San Diego. Published by Bauhaus Universitätserlag, 2015, pp. 15-19.
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