The faculty/staff team shown on this page is a sample of the individuals who may lead your specific program. Faculty and coordinators are subject to change to accommodate each program’s unique schedule and locations.
Kelly Rosenthal, PhD, Program Director
Kelly trained as a social anthropologist at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Her work has focused on urban social movements, particularly in a comparative context between apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. She has worked on the struggle for socioeconomic rights and education as well as political culture and masculinities in Africa. Her fieldwork was supported by the Commonwealth Foundation and was conducted in the township of Soweto, Johannesburg, where she worked with a group of community organizers mobilizing against the privatization of water and electricity. Kelly has extensive teaching experience in social anthropology, having developed and taught courses on the anthropology of development, political anthropology, medical anthropology, and interdisciplinary research methods. She has also worked in the development world for many years, in the fields of education reform and advocacy. More recently, Kelly worked for a major private philanthropy foundation, managing a portfolio of grants to organizations working on education and child rights in sub-Saharan Africa. Kelly has a long association with the Cities program, having been both traveling faculty and local faculty. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and son.
Anna Gail Caunca, MA, Program Manager
Anna Gail's work experience has focused on the areas of youth and young adult leadership development, community building, residential life and student welfare, international education, and human rights education. Building on her graduate studies in social justice and international education, Anna Gail worked with World Learning’s Youth Leadership and Peacebuilding Programs, facilitating workshops with the Governor’s Institute of Vermont on current issues and youth activism and traveling with and supporting students through the LondonX and Iraqi Youth Leadership Program for two years. In 2013, she traveled as the IHP Trustees’ Fellow for the inaugural year of the Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy program. After four adventurous years living in Wellington, New Zealand, she is excited for a new chapter as the IHP program manager in 2015.
Anna Gail earned her BS in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated from SIT Graduate Institute with an MA in intercultural service, leadership, and management and received her educator’s licensure in secondary education in social studies, incorporating social justice in the classroom. She is a vegetarian, photographer-in-the-making, and running enthusiast with a hearty laugh.
Meghan Phadke, Launch Coordinator, New York City
Meghan Phadke is a former New York City public school teacher and alum of the IHP Cities program. A Boston native, Meghan moved to NYC to attend New York University and has been there ever since. She spent six years working in a high-poverty public school in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, where she built a comprehensive music program, which now serves more than 400 students, from the ground up. In this role, she worked closely with arts foundations and nonprofits as well as city arts agencies, in order to obtain, and maintain, resources.
Meghan completed her master’s degree in urban affairs in the fall of 2013. She is interested in issues surrounding the building and implementation of sustainable educational reform and the privatization of educational services. Meghan was the Trustees’ Fellow in spring 2014 and spring 2015 and served as launch coordinator for the first time in fall 2014; she is excited to be back in this role this fall.
Glenda de la Fuente, MA, Country Coordinator, Brazil
Glenda de la Fuente holds a bachelor’s degree in translation and a postgraduate degree from King’s College, University of London, in applied linguistics and English language teaching. She was a professor for and coordinator of the extracurricular English program at the University of Buenos Aires, where she was in charge of teacher training courses. Since 1987, she has been a member of the Humanist Movement, an international volunteer organization engaged in the promotion of equity and human rights worldwide; through this work, she has served as a lecturer and promoter of grassroots groups committed to the principles of nonviolence and nondiscrimination in Argentina, Paraguay, Spain, and Brazil. Born in Argentina, for the last nine years she has lived in São Paulo, where she currently works as a freelance conference interpreter and translator. She also promotes humanist education programs with community-based groups. She has been the country coordinator of the SIT Study Abroad / IHP Cities program since 2008, and since 2010 she has also coordinated the SIT Study Abroad / IHP Health and Community program in São Paulo.
Sally Frankental, PhD, Country Coordinator, South Africa
Sally Frankental is a sociocultural anthropologist who taught at the University of Cape Town for many years. She directed the university’s Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research from 1980 to 1992. Her current research interests are in the areas of migration, identity, ethnicity, and citizenship. Her association with the SIT Study Abroad / IHP Cities program (since 1999) has been facilitated by her teaching of anthropology of development and applied anthropology, her supervision of a wide variety of graduate students’ research projects conducted locally, and the consultancy work she has done for the city of Cape Town. Her book South Africa’s Diverse Peoples (with Dr. Owen Sichone), commissioned as part of a series specifically for American university and public libraries, was published by ABC-CLIO in 2005. She was a founding member of the anti-apartheid organization Jews for Justice.
Sonal Mehta, Country Coordinator, India
Trained as a space scientist and technologist, Sonal Mehta has a master’s degree in physics and a postgraduate diploma in space sciences. She worked as a space scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization in her early career. She then worked in the field of science education, developing creative and activity-based learning for science education programs and national science textbooks. She was engaged in the science and environment movement and conducted research on science policy and philosophy. She has been a human rights and women’s rights activist for more than twenty-five years. As a grassroots activist she has worked with several national and state movements to improve the social, political, and economic rights of marginalized, indigenous, and untouchable communities in India. She has traveled extensively in India, Canada, Europe, and Asia. She has participated in and coordinated the World Social Forum process at regional, national, and international levels. She is also actively involved with the International Women’s Movement of rank-and-file women. A founder of Eklavya Foundation, she is currently working on sustainable development alternatives for an indigenous community of forest dwellers and bamboo workers in the state of Gujarat in western India.
Danielle Hedegard, PhD, Traveling Faculty
Danielle is a sociologist with extensive experience researching culture, race, inequality, and globalization in the US and Brazil. She received a PhD in sociology, with a minor in Latin American studies, from the University of Arizona and also earned a BS in mathematics from Purdue University. She is the recipient of several research grants, including a National Science Foundation Dissertation Award for her ethnographic dissertation research on blackness in the cultural tourism market of Salvador, Brazil. She has published research on racial identity and cultural taste patterns in Brazil, the reception of foreign culture in the United States, and the consumption of blackness and experiences among omnivorous consumers. Danielle has taught graduate and undergraduate students at several universities, including Boston College, the University of Arizona, and Grand Canyon University. She has also worked in program evaluation and strategic planning, and she served with AmeriCorps VISTA in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Danielle is passionate about exchanging knowledge in the classroom and through real-world experiences.
Rick Miller, PhD & MArch, Traveling Faculty
Rick lectures on world cultures and urbanization processes in the UCLA Department of Geography, where he received his PhD. Trained as both an architect and a social scientist, Rick researches people and the landscapes they construct and inhabit. He promotes on-site investigation using multiple methods of visual and ethnographic inquiry. His dissertation, “Nomadic and domestic: dwelling on the edge of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia,” with fieldwork support from FLAS and Fulbright fellowships, explores how the building of informal settlements reshapes both landscape and society in Inner Asia. This research contributes toward better analysis of housing and land tenure issues for rural-to-urban migrants, who increasingly underpin urbanization in developing economies. Rick maintains several ongoing projects on city building: in colonial-era Rangoon, early modern Los Angeles, and contemporary China.
On the side, Rick is a member of the Compton Cricket Club—a team comprised of homeless men from downtown Los Angeles and at-risk youth from Compton.
Ana Ibañez, Trustees’ Fellow
An alumna of the International Honors Program, Ana is excited to be back and working alongside such a smart and passionate cohort of students. Her own experience as a first-generation American and first-generation college student has fueled her dedication to supporting students in their pursuit of higher education opportunities. Ana has worked at public and charter schools, universities, and chambers of commerce to coordinate college and career readiness programs. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she received her BA in sociology.