School of Architecture and Planning at MIT Adds Three Black Faculty Members

The School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced the appointment of five new faculty members. Three of the new hires are African Americans.

Jason Jackson is a new assistant professor in political economy and urban planning. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jackson is a graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey. He holds a master’s degree from the University of London in England, a second master’s degree from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in the political economy of development from MIT.

Erica James has been appointed associate professor of medical anthropology and urban studies with tenure in the department of urban studies and planning. She has been on the faculty at MIT since 2004 in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. She is the author of Democratic Insecurities: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti (University of California Press, 2010). Dr. James is a graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in anthropology. She holds two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University.

Danielle Wood was named an assistant professor in the program of media arts and sciences. She will begin teaching at MIT in January. Dr. Wood has worked as the applied sciences manager within the Earth Science Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Dr. Wood holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, two master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. in engineering systems, all from MIT.


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