Elizabeth Vasile, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Vasile is a human geographer with interests in the transformations of urban space and in historical geographies of migration and transnational exchange. Regionally, her interests span across North Africa/Southern Europe and Latin America, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean and the Caribbean as zones of hybridity and emergence. Working as an academic and applied researcher on long and short-term field studies in Tunisia, Mexico, and California, she has used methods of ethnographic observation and landscape interpretation to explore changes in the built environment, cultural identities, and the relationship of people to land and resources. Since 2012, she has led a variety of educational travel programs to Cuba, and she gives field lectures in Spanish on the history of San Francisco and the Bay Area for visitors from Latin America. At UC Berkeley, she serves as executive director of an interdisciplinary social science research center. Elizabeth earned a Ph.D. in geography from UC Berkeley, where she wrote a dissertation on informal urban settlements on the periphery of Tunis, based on two years of field research in Tunisia and France.