Takeo Kuwabara

Communications Officer

In addition to serving as the Communications Officer for DUSP and the MIT Center for Real Estate, Takeo teaches leadership, consensus building, negotiation, and environmental problem solving at Macalester College and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. At MIT and Harvard, he was a lecturer for the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (Graduate GEL), designing and teaching two new negotiation courses; a member of the teaching team for multiple semesters of 11.011, the Art and Science of Negotiation; 11.111, the Art and Science of Negotiations: Advanced Applications; as well as the first blended online and in-person MIT courses, Entrepreneurial Negotiations and Socially Responsible Real Estate Development.
Takeo holds a master’s of the arts from Harvard University and a master’s of peace and justice from the University of San Diego. During his graduate studies at Harvard, he had the great privilege to serve as a Graduate Resident Advisor (GRA) at Simmons Hall for four years, serving the 7ABC community and working with an amazing house team led by John and Ellen Essigmann. While studying at the University of San Diego he was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow and conducted applied research in Northern Ireland and Peru. Takeo is interested in how physical artifacts of violent conflict impact future cycles of violence and collective, cultural memory. His research examines if digital tools, policy design, and public participation can help transform symbols of violence into anchors of a lasting peace. In addition to his graduate degrees, he earned two bachelor’s degrees and a minor from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was a member of the nationally ranked rowing team and triathlon team.