SSD alumni news
Alumni: Submit your updates to Nina B. Herbst in SSD at or 773.834.9067.
Upon graduating from Chicago, Delia Rarela-Barcelona, PhD’83 (Sociology), became chair of graduate studies and then dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication. In 1995, after completing more than 15 years of service with the University of the Philippines, she was recruited to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a specialized UN agency. Since joining UNFPA, she has worked in its headquarters in New York as senior technical adviser on communication and education, then as country representative in Mongolia, and now as deputy regional director for the Arab states in Cairo.  Sanjiv Kumar, AM’83, PhD’86 (Economics), who cofounded commodity trading advisor Fort LP in 1983, was featured in the March 2011 issue of Futures Magazine. The article, by Daniel Collins, was called “Top Traders of 2010.” Fort LP, which Kumar operates with cofounder Yves Balcer, offers two programs, one contrarian and one trend following, and “continues to produce strong noncorrelated returns” in both, wrote Collins. “Kumar and Balcer have been managing money on their own for nearly 20 years and they are still making improvements to their systematic methods. No burnout in sight.”  Edward Glaeser, PhD’92 (Economics), published Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier (Penguin Press, 2011). Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He argues that, in spite of the common perception of cities as unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly, and poor, they are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest places to live. Glaeser “makes clear how cities have not only survived but thrived, even as modern technology has seemingly made one’s physical location less important,” said Steven Levitt, the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics.  Benjamin Zimmer, AM’98 (Anthropology), who wrote the On Language column for the New York Times Magazine, was profiled in a Magazine feature storyPeter Smagorinsky, MAT’77, PhD’89 (Education), received the 2011 SAGE Citation for Excellence in Reviewing for his work on behalf of the journal Written Communication.  Mark L. Goldstein and Stephen J. Morewitz, PhD’83 (Sociology), are coauthors of Chronic Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Springer, 2011).  Kenneth Chern, AM’69, PhD’74 (History), retired from the Foreign Service on November 30, 2010, and joined Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, as a professorial research fellow in January.