Celina Su is Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. Her research concerns civil society and social policy, especially health and education. 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 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, New York University Press, 2009), Introducing Global Health: Practice, Policy, and Solutions (co-authored, John Wiley/ Jossey-Bass, 2013). Her honors include a Berlin Prize and a Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching. She co-founded Kwah Dao/ Burmese Refugee Project ( in 2001 and has served on New York City's participatory budgeting Steering Committee since its inception in 2011. She received her Ph.D. in Urban Studies from MIT. She has been interviewed by media outlets such as PBS and The Nation, and she has written short, topical pieces for publications such as n+1, Die Tagezeitung, and McClatchy syndicated outlets.

Her expertise includes: Education, Health, Humanitarianism, International Issues, America, Politics and Social Justice.

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