— MA, Political Science, UT Austin, 2014, BA, International Studies, University of Washington, 2009
Calla Hummel studies when and why informal workers organize to lobby the state. More generally, Calla investigates the conditions under which marginalized people form politically powerful interest groups, especially after experiencing repression. She works with informal workers' organizations in La Paz, Bolivia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Asuncion, Paraguay. Calla started her research as an undergraduate at the University of Washington in Seattle, and continued it at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before entering UT's graduate program. Calla's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Washington.
international political economy, informal economies, collective action, repression, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay