Chris London | The New School for Public Engagement
  • Faculty

    Chris London

    Assistant Professor of Practice, International Affairs

    Ph.D. Cornell University, Field: Development Sociology

    London, Chris

    Christopher London joined the New School in 2010 as Assistant Professor of Practice in the Graduate Program in International Affairs. In various capacities he has worked on the analysis, organization and implementation of social change initiatives, especially with regard to citizen engagement in planning and development. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University. His graduate research focused on the design and change of farming systems in tropical countries as well as citizenship and community engagement in planning and development. Outside of the academy he has worked in Washington, D.C. to promote and expand third party certification and labeling of coffee; run a Non-Governmental Organization, Educate the Children, that conducts a unique integrated community development program in rural Nepal; and been the director of The North American Congress on Latin America, a nonprofit who flagship journal, The NACLA Report on the Americas, is dedicated to the critical analysis of US policy toward Latin America as well as of Latin American political economy generally. Since joining the New School, Christopher has dedicated himself to translating the applied work of social change into the pedagogical environment of the classroom. He has also reinitiated research on rural economy and democracy in Colombia, and during a summer International Field Program works with teams of students to facilitate and analyze participatory development planning in rural Colombia.

    Courses Taught

    Practicum in International Affairs I and II; Research Methods; Comparative Development Experience; NGOs in Global Politics; Rural and Regional Development in the Americas; Thesis Supervision

    Recent Publications

    "Coffee, Certification and the Incorrigibility of Capitalism" Social Research, Winter 2012

    View a full list of publications here.

    Research Interests

    International Social Change, Farming Systems Science and Technology, Social and Environmental Certification, Not-For-Profit Program Design and Organizational Management, Program Evaluation, Global Economic Development, Communications and Social Change, Participatory Democracy and Change Management, Coffee from Seed to Cup.