Clara Irazábal is Professor of Planning, Director of the Latina/Latino Studies Program University of Missouri-Kansas. Her research, she explores the interaction of culture, politics, and placemaking. She primarily focuses on Latin American cities and Latino communities in the US. Irazábal has worked as consultant, researcher, and/or professor in Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Spain, and the US; and has lectured in many other countries. She is the author of Urban Governance and City Making in the Americas: Curitiba and Portland (Ashgate, 2005) and the editor of Ordinary Places, Extraordinary Events: Citizenship, Democracy, and Public Space in Latin America (Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, 2008). She has published academic articles in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.