Prof. Balliger is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include globalization, critical geography, music/sound, media, postcolonial theory, the Caribbean and California. She has received fellowships from Fulbright, MacArthur, National Science Foundation, Mellon, and she was awarded the Textor Award for Outstanding Anthropological Creativity. Balliger’s current project focuses on the arts and urban restructuring in 21st century Oakland. She previously conducted research in Trinidad on music, media, and identity formation in national/transnational space. In the 1980s, Balliger was a musician and activist in San Francisco; she co-founded Komotion International, a legendary artist collective, gallery, and performance space that exemplified the radical politics and creativity of SF’s Mission District.