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Daniela Carpano-Rahman

Adjunct Lecturer

Daniela Carpano-Rahman, PhD Candidate at University of California San Diego, has been an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Sociology since 2007.  She has taught core courses on urban communities and contemporary social issues, and she has also created two new upper-division special topics courses:  "Globalization, Urbanization and Sustainability" and "Politics of Food and Hunger."


Carpano is currently a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of California San Diego.  She received her M.A. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina (1992) and her B.A. in Chinese Studies from the Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente (1983) in Rome, Italy.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Carpano's current research analyzes grassroots environmental and social justice organizations located in Bangladesh, Italy, Thailand, the UK and the US.  In particular, she looks at how these groups are connected and are contributing to a global civil society, which demands consideration of peace and justice to be included in a new paradigm.

Teaching Interests

In her courses, Carpano attempts to bridge the divide between theory and practice.  In "Globalization, Urbanization and Sustainability" students develop projects on reducing a community's ecological footprint.  In "Politics of Food and Hunger" students engage in an analysis of what they eat and how their food choices determine, in large part, the use we make of the planet, how many children will go hungry, and how many will continue to be enslaved.  She believes that the knowledge we bring to the classroom should encourage new ways of thinking and acting to save environmental resources, and help to fight hunger worldwide.  Carpano received a "Woman of Impact" nomination from her students acknowledging the change that her teaching brought to their lives.