Marta Gara

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano

Marta Gara is Ph.D candidate in Institutions and Politics at the Catholic University of  the Sacred Heart of Milan, with a dissertation entitled ‘Change the System from Within’:  Participatory Democracy and Institutional Reforms in 1970s United States. She holds a MA  in History and Society (University of Roma Tre) and a Postgraduate degree in Public History  (University of Modena e Reggio Emilia). She was William P. Heidrich Fellow at University of  Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and Visiting Research Scholar at Georgetown University in  Washington, DC. Her main research interests are theory and practices of participatory  democracy, American Political Development and post-1945 social movements. She is  currently co-chair of the Graduates Forum of the Italian Association of American Studies  (AISNA). 

A model of urban resistance: the Spadina Expressway’s defeat in the 1970s Toronto