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Two DUSP PhD Candidates Selected as Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability

Please join us in congratulating Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) PhD candidates Parrish Bergquist and Hannah Teicher who have been named 2017-2018 Martin Family Fellows.

The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability is a community of MIT doctoral students pursuing sustainability research in a wide array of fields and topics. Each year faculty members from across MIT nominate a single outstanding doctoral student for review. Martin Fellows receive full funding for two semesters of study at MIT and join a community of students and alumni dedicated to advancing environmental and social sustainability. The Martin Fellows program was established in 1997, and has over 300 distinguished alumni in academia, private industry, and governmental roles.

Parrish Bergquist is a doctoral candidate at MIT’s departments of Political Science and Urban Studies & Planning. She studies public opinion, political parties, and political representation in the United States, with a focus on state politics and the environment. Her dissertation project addresses the relationship between elite-partisan and public attitudes about environmental protection, and asks why the relationship between party positions and public attitudes varies across political issues. She is also working on two collaborative projects, one of which examines public attitudes about energy transmission infrastructure. The second assesses whether changes in temperature and other climatic indicators influence the public’s views about climate change. The Martin Family Fellowship will allow her to compile original datasets to measure historical changes in state-level public opinion and party positions. Her DUSP advisor Justin Steil and her political science advisor Chris Warshaw nominated her for the fellowship.

Hannah M. Teicher is researching how urban/military collaborations shape adaptation to climate change in governance and built form, which offers one angle for studying how urban areas may partner with powerful institutions and unlikely allies in addressing mitigation and adaptation. In a previous project, she examined the role of large real estate firms in developing autonomous adaptation strategies. Before coming to MIT, she conducted applied research on electric vehicle infrastructure with the UBC Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space lab and practiced architecture in Vancouver, BC, taking a leading role on green residential and community buildings. The Martin Family Fellowship will allow her the time to conduct multiple rounds of fieldwork and analysis for her dissertation. Her advisor, Brent D. Ryan, nominated her for the fellowship.

To learn more about the Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability please visit their website, here.