Delia Wendel

Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and International Development

Delia Duong Ba Wendel is the Spaulding Career Development Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and International Development. Her research engages three main areas: 1) forms of community repair after conflict and disaster; African urbanism; and spatial politics. Her interdisciplinary work draws together Urban Studies, Architectural History, Cultural Geography, and Anthropology.

Current research builds from ten years of work in Rwanda and informs two book manuscripts in progress. Rwanda’s Genocide Heritage (forthcoming, Duke University Press) is an intimate history of early genocide memory curation that traces relationships to nascent human rights practice in the Global South. The Ethics of Stability explores post-genocide peacebuilding as a socio-spatial endeavor; one that is defined and challenged in the design of homes, settlements, and civic space. This research has been recognized by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, Harvard Center for Ethics, and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Delia received a PhD in Urban Planning from Harvard University. She also holds degrees in Architecture (BArch, Rice University), Cultural Geography (MSc, University College London) and Architectural History and Theory (MDes, Harvard GSD). In 2017-18 she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wolf Humanities Center. Delia previously taught in UPenn's African Studies department, the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning departments at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and was an Assistant Professor in Architectural Studies at University of Edinburgh.

At MIT DUSP, Delia directs the Planning for Peace critical collective and the Mellon Foundation and CAST funded 'Memory Atlas for Repair' research project and exhibition.