Jessica Myers: Liberté, Égalité, Sécurité

As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Jessica Myers MCP ’17 threw herself into writing a thesis on urban food markets in New Orleans. After many months of work, however, she was disappointed to see it filed away, virtually unread. For her graduate thesis in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP), she was determined to resist that fate.

Justin Steil on the Trump administration travel ban

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments relating to President Donald Trump's recent executive order on travel, which limits individuals from six majority-Musliim countries and refugees worldwide from entering the United States. The court also ruled to uphold a limited version of the travel ban, which went into effect on June 29. President Trump cited this as “a clear victory for our national security.”

How are individuals with multi-cultural backgrounds applying their experience and skills to innovate in science, technology, and pedagogy at MIT?

Zach Merchant, television host of Unscripted on Arlington Public News, recently sat down with DUSP’s faculty member, Bruno Verdini, to discuss the approach to his popular undergraduate course, 11.011 The Art and Science of Negotiation and his forthcoming book by MIT Press, Winning Together: The Natural Resource Negotiation Playbook

Are startups dividing cities by creating unaffordable urban 'utopias' that price out people of color and the middle class?

DUSP's Assistant Professor Justin Steil joins Richard Florida and Dev Davis on National Public Radio's OnPoint, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, to discuss the shifting dynamics of urban inequality. To listen to this podcast click here.

Two DUSP Alumni elected to the MIT Corporation

Please join us in congratulating DUSP Alumni Philip Ng (MCP '85) and Hyun-A Park (MCP '85) on their election to the MIT Corporation.

Park, the co-founder and president of Spy Pond Partners, will serve as the president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae at MIT. Park's professional experience includes public and private sector engagement with transportation projects throughout the greater Boston area.

Mariana Arcaya on the drivers of health inequality

3 Questions with DUSP Professor Mariana Arcaya

[from the MIT News, by Peter Dizikes; image: Arcaya]

Congratulations MIT Graduates!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

At the Departmental Commencement Celebration on June 8, 2017, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Jeff Hebert (MCP 2004) as our Commencement Speaker.  Jeff holds three different titles in the City of New Orleans: Deputy Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Resilience Officer.

In addition to hearing from Jeff, the following year-end awards were announced at the event:

Departmental Awards