Over the past year DUSP conducted its largest faculty search in recent memory. As a result, we are delighted to report that this fall we will be welcoming three new faculty members to our department.
- Gabriella Carolini , Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning: Carolini's research focuses on the dynamic relationship between social and fiscal responsibilities in the public sector, exploring the impact of fiscal and administrative reforms on city planning and the quality of life for vulnerable urban and peri-urban communities in the global South. She holds a BA in international relations and political science from Columbia (1997), a Master of Philosophy in development studies from the University of Oxford (2002) and a PhD in urban planning from Columbia (2008). Since 2008, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.
- Albert Saiz , Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning:An outstanding young urban/housing economist, Saiz pursues research interests in local public finance, real estate economics and urban economic development, with an emphasis on immigration and immigrant location choices, and the impact of skills on earnings and city growth. He will be conducting research and teaching in both the urban planning and real estate programs. He holds a BA and an MA in economics from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (1995 and1997, respectively) and a PhD in economics from Harvard, 2002. Since 2003, he has been an award-winning assistant professor of real estate in the MBA Core Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Sarah Williams , Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning: Williams' work involves translating data visualizations into policy tools and prototyping technologies for advocacy and research, using survey and census data, GPS information, maps, high- and low-res satellite imagery, analytic graphics, photographs and drawings, along with narratives and qualitative interpretations to produce images. Since 2005, she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University and co-director of its Spatial Information Design Lab. She holds a BA in history and geography from Clark University (1997) and an MCP from MIT (2005) with a certificate in urban design (2005).
For more on these three, as well as updates about related faculty hires across the School of Architecture + Planning, see http://sap.mit.edu/resources/portfolio/fresh_wave/ .