Simone Buechler, PhD, just finished a post-doctoral fellowship with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University where she was working on completing a book manuscript on the impact of labor market restructuring on women living in favelas in São Paulo, Brazil. Before accepting her position at UIC, she was an assistant professor/faculty fellow in the Metropolitan Studies Program at New York University. Her research interests include: urban and regional planning, global and local economic development processes, immigration, social movements, labor market restructuring and policy, and squatter settlements. She conducted extensive ethnographic and statistical research on the impact of economic globalization on low-income women and urban labor markets in São Paulo, Brazil and the strategies of local actors to deal with the negative impacts. Her publications include chapters on this research in The Global City Reader edited by Neil Brenner and Roger Keil and Deciphering the Global edited by Saskia Sassen and an article entitled, "Sweating it in the Brazilian garment industry: Bolivian workers and economic global forces in São Paulo" in the journal Latin American Perspectives. Her new research is on Brazilian immigrants to Newark, New Jersey with a focus on the impacts of the current economic recession, return migration, and municipal governance and immigration. She received a PhD from the Urban Planning Department at Columbia University where she studied under Saskia Sassen and Peter Marcuse. Before returning to get her doctorate, Buechler worked at the United Nations Development Fund for Women on the issue of microcredit and women.