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Michael Dear, professor, city and regional planning

Michael Dear

Michael Dear is a professor in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. The author/editor of more than a dozen books, he has been a Guggenheim Fellowship holder, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and Fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Dear has received the highest honors for creativity and excellence in research from the Association of American Geographers, and numerous undergraduate teaching and graduate mentorship awards. He has also curated numerous exhibitions, including most recently Trazando la LĂ­nea/Tracing the Line at the Centro Estatal de las Artes in Mexicali, the state capital of Baja California.

His current research focuses on comparative urbanism, and the future of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. His latest book, Why Walls Don't Work: Repairing the U.S.-Mexico Divide (Oxford U Press, 2013), traces the long history of cultural interaction across the U.S.-Mexico border zone.

Posts by Michael Dear

11-4-15Politics & Law: What's on your mind?An eight-point plan to repair the U.S.-Mexico border
10-6-15Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Beware the growing U.S.-Mexico border industrial complex
9-16-15Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Dousing the flames of immigration rhetoric with facts
7-29-14Other Subjects: What's on your mind?Is the U.S. Falling Behind Mexico? News from Ambos Nogales
5-15-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Building connections (not more walls) along the U.S.-Mexico border
4-1-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?U.S. Senators visit U.S.-Mexico border: Guess what they saw
3-18-13Politics & Law: What's on your mind?Kafka at the border