Day job: Executive Director, Global Lives Project
Description: David Evan Harris is Executive Director of the Global Lives Project and Research Affiliate at the Institute for the Future. David is a cross-disciplinary mediamaker, working at the intersection of art, activism and academic inquiry on the politically charged questions surrounding globalization and social justice.
His forthcoming book, Você Vai me Servir (You Will Serve Me, Annablume Publishers, São Paulo, 2011) is a comparative ethnographic study of relationships between domestic workers and their employers in Brazil and the US. David lived in Brazil from 2004–2007 as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, receiving a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of São Paulo. David received his B.A. in 2003 from UC Berkeley, where he created his own major in political economy of development and environment.
In college, David took part in the International Honors Program, where he spent 8 months traveling and studying in Tanzania, India, the Philippines, Mexico, and the UK. In 2000, he held an internship at the White House Council on Environmental Quality and has since worked as a consultant to numerous non-profit and educational organizations in the US and Brazil.
In Brazil, David wrote and directed newscasts for CurrentTV. His writings and photographs have been published in print and online with the BBC, Adbusters, the Sarai Reader, Glimpse Magazine, Next American City, Focus on the Global South, Alternet and Grist. He has spoken publicly about his work to audiences at UC Berkeley, Stanford, United Nations University, New York University, UC Santa Cruz, Apple, Google, and numerous other conferences and public events. David’s written work has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch and Chinese. He speaks fluent English, Portuguese and Spanish and intermediate French.
Superpower: Disquietude. I can make anyone uncomfortable in any situation.