Three new faculty members join PACE

Monday, September 10, 2018
Angelica CamachoAngelica Camacho, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement 
Angelica Camacho’s current research is on the Pelican Bay California prisoner hunger strikes and the subsequent uprising of their families. She explores how the war on drugs and the criminalization of Latinx communities have contributed to the rise of the prison industrial complex in California. Her intellectual work aims to shift the dominant narratives of criminality that target and scapegoat communities of color into counter-hegemonic narratives that highlight social struggles for life and liberation.
She received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in ethnic studies at the University of California, Riverside. She also earned a B.A. in both Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was a 2015 Ford Dissertation fellow and recent Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Latina/Latino Studies Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
Camacho is looking forward to engaging and mentoring students in the Criminal Justice Studies major and will be teaching CJ452: Criminological Theory this fall.
Carina GalloCarina Gallo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement 
Carina Gallo has a global perspective on research and teaching. Her interdisciplinary research addresses historical and international trends in crime and welfare policy, with particular attention to how policies and laws intending to support underrepresented and marginalized groups have developed over the last century. She is currently working on a book exploring the roots of the Swedish victim movement. Gallo is also interested in how technology can globalize the curriculum and has led virtual international exchanges where students in different countries learn together in online classrooms. In addition, she has several years of professional experience as a social worker, policy evaluator, and leader in the non-profit community.
Gallo received a Ph.D. from Stockholm University and an M.S. from Lund University in Sweden.
This fall, she will be teaching CJ 450: Jails and Prisons. She is excited to join a vibrant and stellar academic community with a strong commitment to social justice. 
Aritree Samanta, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement 
As an interdisciplinary scholar, Aritree Samanta works in the areas of governance and collaboration in regional watershed systems, urban governance, and community resilience. Her professional work in India included projects in the areas of urban sustainability and climate change adaptation in low-income communities. In the United States, she has held fellowship and research positions with the Alliance for the Great Lakes in Chicago and the Northeast Midwest Institute in Washington, D.C.
She received her Ph.D. in urban and public affairs from Cleveland State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work and economics, respectively, from the University of Delhi, India. She recently concluded her postdoctoral work at the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University.
Samanta will be teaching ENVS 300: Introduction to Environmental Studies in Fall 2018. She looks forward to being in a dynamic urban university and learning from students, colleagues and the greater SF State community.