Assistant Professor, Social Welfare
Department of Social Welfare
Areas of Expertise:Mobility & Opportunity, Urban Studies
Dr. Ritterbusch’s scholarship includes publications in social justice-oriented publications with respect to global human rights networks and public policy in Colombia. This includes a human rights shadow report on violence against homeless communities and their right to the city in Bogotá and policy briefs written with community-based collaborators presenting recommendations for the protection of homeless communities and sex workers’ fundamental human rights. Dr. Ritterbusch is involved with participatory action research partnerships with Red Comunitaria Trans (Bogotá, Colombia) and Casa Diversa, Comuna 8 (Medellín, Colombia). As a UCLA faculty member, Dr. Ritterbusch will expand her research and pedagogical practices to the urban context of Los Angeles and as a means of catalyzing global networks for social justice that connect very local actions to transnational movements against injustice and inequality. Her academic research has been funded by the Open Society Foundations, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright U.S. Program and other networks promoting global social justice.