Khalid Kadir

Khalid KadirLecturer
Department(s): Global Poverty & Practice Minor | International & Area Studies
Phone: 510-643-7840
Office Hours: Online only


Khalid is a Continuing Lecturer at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in the Global Poverty & Practice (GPP) program, Political Economy, and Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received his PhD in 2010 from Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where his research focused on pathogen removal in natural water and wastewater treatment systems. While completing this research, Khalid was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work on water and wastewater treatment systems in Morocco. During this time, he began studying the complex role that engineering expertise plays in the politics of international development and poverty alleviation. His current research focuses on engineering pedagogy, the political economy of public higher education, and water and sanitation in humanitarian contexts.

In 2013 Khalid was selected as a Chancellor’s Public Scholar to create and teach an innovative interdisciplinary course tackling issues of environmental and social justice. In the course, students coming from technical disciplines are trained to recognize and engage with the social and political roots of problems that have technical components. In recognition of his work on this unique course and of his teaching in the GPP program, Khalid was awarded the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service for Service-Learning Leadership and then in 2019 he was awarded the American Cultures Teaching Award. Finally, in 2017 Khalid received UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the campus’ most prestigious honor for teaching.

In addition to his teaching and research, Khalid has remained engaged with applied practice, working on a number projects ranging from water and sanitation engineering to poverty action work, both internationally and domestically.

PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California at Berkeley
Dissertation: Sunlight-Mediated Inactivation Mechanisms of Enteroccocus faecalis and Escherichia coli in Waste Stabilization Ponds

MSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California at Berkeley

BSE in Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

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