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MIA CHARLENE WHITE
Curriculum Vitae
(November 2012)
www.miacwhite.com

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Housing and Community Economic Development Group (HCED)
Environmental Policy and Planning Group (EPP)
Email: miawhite@mit.edu Tel: 646.245.2144
Office: Building 9-417
Cambridge, MA 02139

  • EDUCATION
    • Ph.D. Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Expected June 2013.  Dissertation Title: “Explaining the Uneven Growth of Community Land Trust Housing: How Brokerage, State Actors and the Persistence of Racialized Boundaries Influence Spatial Alternatives in the US.”
    • M.I.A. Environmental Policy and Planning, Columbia University, 2000.
    • B.A. Anthropology and Political Science, Stony Brook University, Summa Cum Laude, 1997.
  • ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE
    • 2013 Instructor of Record, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning. “Oral Metropolis:  Using Narrative to Re-Theorize Early 20th Century Black City-Building”. Spring 2013 New Course.
    • 2013 Instructor of Record, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning. “About Property Rights:  Reframing Property for Environmental and Housing Justice””.  Spring 2013 New Course.
    • 2012 Co-Instructor of Record, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning. “Gender and Planning: A Critical Lens for the Theory and Practice of Planning”. Fall 2012 New Course.
  • NON-ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE
    • Ongoing     Consultant to foundations and non-profits supporting affordable housing, sustainable community development, policy framing and fundraising.
    • 2000-2008 Ms. Foundation for Women (Program Officer), Robin Hood Foundation (Program Officer), and the Ford Foundation (Junior Program Officer).
    • 1998 United Nations University (MegaCities Water Project), Tokyo, Japan (Research Intern).
    • 1997 Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. (Minority Fellow).
  • PUBLICATIONS
    • *Chapters in Peer-Reviewed Edited Volumes
      • 2012 “El Fideicomiso de Propiedad Comunitaria Como Recurso Para Reducir la Pobreza Urbana: ¿Pueden los Derechos a la Propiedad Colectiva ser la Clave Para Alcanzar un Futuro Incluyente y Socialmente Sustentable en la Ciudad” (with Diane Davis), in Ciudades del 2010: Entre la Sociedad del Conocimiento y la Desigualdad Social. National Autonomous University of Mexico / University of Mexico City (UNAM) Press.
      • 2011 Gender, Race and Place Attachment: The Recovery of a Historic Neighborhood in Coastal Mississippi, in Elaine Enarson and Emmanuel David (eds.), The Women of Katrina: How Gender, Race, and Class Matter in an American Disaster. Nashville, USA: Vanderbilt Press. *Winner, Marsha Ritzdorf Award for the Best Student Work on Diversity, Social Justice and the Role of Women in Planning, ACSP 2010.
    • *Peer-Reviewed Journal Submissions Under Review or Close to Submission
      • 2012 “In Light of a Dream Deferred: The Community Land Trust Response to Dispossession, Difference and the Limits of Private Property.” Submitting to Urban Affairs Review, November, 2012.
      • 2012 “On The Current Conjuncture: A Statement by the Revolutionary Picnic Collective. Antipode’s 3rd Institute for the Geographies of Justice.” Under Review, Antipode.
      • 2012 “Community Land Trusts as a Means for Urban Poverty Alleviation: Can Collective Property Rights be the Key to a Socially Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Future?” (with Diane Davis). Submitting to JPER, November 2012.
    • *Manuscripts in Progress
      • 2013 Explaining the Uneven Growth of Community Land Trust Housing: How Brokerage, State Actors and the Persistence of Racialized Boundaries Influence Spatial Alternatives in the US. Dissertation, expected completion June 2013.
      • 2013 “Democracy, Belonging, and the Pursuit of Real Utopia” (in development for Theory and Society)
      • 2012 In Search of Spatial Justice: Revisiting a U.S. History of Racialized Limits to Property and a “Just City” Response.” (in development for SOULS: A Critical Journal of Black politics, Culture and Society)
    • *Non-Academic Reports and Collaborations
      • With the Mississippi NAACP and Yellow Wood Associates, “Best Practices Research on Food Enterprise Options for Local Food Value Chain Exploration in Northern Mississippi”, December 7, 2011. Unpublished.
      • (Co-Ed.). 2002. Sustainable Solutions: Building Assets for Empowerment and Sustainable Development. Ford Foundation: Program Evaluation/Lessons Learned.
  • CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
    • 2013 Accepted Paper Proposal, “In Light of a Dream Deferred: Revisiting Race, Property and Urban Transformation”, 7th International Conference on Planning, Law, and Property Rights to be held from February 13-15, 2013 in Portland, Oregon.
    • 2013 Pending, Invited Discussant. Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Colloquy Proposal: “Debating the socially transformative possibilities of Community Land Trusts: Critical social, environmental, and economic perspectives.”
    • 2012 Accepted, “In Light of a Dream Deferred: Dis/Possession, Difference and Homeownership Revisited.” Association of Collegiate Schools in Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference, November 2012.
    • 2012 Accepted, “Democratic Property and the Pursuit of Real Utopia”, American Sociological Association (ASA), Annual Conference Meetings, August 2012.
    • 2012 Accepted, “Community Land Trusts as a Means for Urban Poverty Alleviation: Can Collective Property Rights be the Key to a Socially Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Future?” (with Diane Davis). American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, February 2012.
    • 2011 Accepted, “Revisiting a History of Racialized Limits to Property and the Community Land Trust Response.” Antipode’s 3rd Institute for the Geographies of Justice, May 31-June 1, 2011, Athens, Georgia.
    • 2011 Accepted, “Politics in Property and Community: Envisioning Household as Planning Space.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference, October 2011.
    • 2010 Accepted, “Gender, Race and Place Attachment: The Recovery of a Historic Neighborhood in Coastal Mississippi.” American Association of Geographers (AAG) Economic Geography Group. 17th Annual Mini-Conference on Critical Geography, November 5-6, 2010  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    • 2010 Accepted, “Gender, Race and Place Attachment: The Recovery of a Historic Neighborhood in Coastal Mississippi.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Annual Conference, October 2010. *Winner, Marsha Ritzdorf Award for the Best Student Work on Diversity, Social Justice and the Role of Women in Planning.
  • AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS
    • 2013 Nomination, (Pending) Member, MIT Corporation.
    • 2013 Nomination, (Pending) Research Grant. Summer Program on the Study of Capitalism at the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy.
    • 2012 Nomination, (Pending) Post-Doctoral Research Grant.
    • 2011 Finalist, Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women.
    • 2010 Winner, Marsha Ritzdorf Award for the Best Student Work on Diversity, Social Justice and the Role of Women in Planning, Association of Collegiate Schools in Planning (ACSP) 2010.
    • 2010-11 Travel Fellowship, MIT Program on Environmental Governance and Sustainability, Center for International Studies, 2010-2011.
    • 2010-2013 Recipient, National Science Foundation Fellowship.
    • 2009-2012 Recipient, Ford Foundation Minority Fellowship.
    • 2008 Recipient, MIT Presidential Fellowship for Women and Minority PhD Students.
    • 1999, 2000 Recipient, Columbia University Fellowship for Graduate Studies (for Emissions Trading and Toxic “Hotspots” Research).
    • 1997 Recipient, National Science Foundation Minority Leaders Summer Fellowship (served at the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, Washington, D.C.).
    • 1997-1998 United Nations University (Tokyo, Japan), Research Intern.
  • TEACHING EXPERIENCE (Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT unless otherwise noted)
    • 2013 Instructor of Record, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning. “Oral Metropolis:  Using Narrative to Re-Theorize Early 20th Century Black City-Building”. Spring 2013 New Course.
    • 2013 Instructor of Record, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Urban Studies and Planning. “About Property Rights:  Reframing Property for Environmental and Housing Justice””.  Spring 2013 New Course.
    • 2012 Co-Instructor of Record, “Gender and Planning: A Critical Lens for the Theory and Practice of Planning”. New Course.
    • 2012 Grader, Tufts University, Department of Sociology, “Introduction to Urban Sociology”, with Professor Ryan Centner.
    • 2011 Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Housing and Community Economic Development”, with Professors J. Phillip Thompson and Xavier deSouza Briggs.
    • 2010 Instructor, “Gender and the City”. New Course.
    • 2010 Teaching Assistant, “Gateway to the Profession of Planning: History, Theory and Practice”, with Professor Bish Sanyal.
    • 2009 Teaching Assistant, Gateway to the Profession of Planning: History, Theory and Practice”, with Professor Bish Sanyal.
  • COURSES PREPARED TO TEACH
    • Introduction to US Housing Policy
    • Introduction to Environmental Justice
    • SubAltern Metropolis: Theorizing Black Space and Place
    • Comparative Approaches to Residential Tenure Stability for Marginalized Communities, US and Abroad
    • Race, Space and Place in the US: Exploring Connections between Housing and Environmental Justice Issues
    • Critical Sustainable Urbanism:  Economy, Environment and Equity
    • Disaster Redevelopment:  Ethics, Politics and Practice
    • Introduction to the History & Theory of Urban Interventions
    • Introduction to Housing and Community Economic Development
    • Theories in Urban Sociology
    • Making the Invisible Visible: Gender, Race and Planning
    • Philanthropic Foundations as Social and Economic Planning Institutions?
    • Evaluating Non-Profits: Ethics, Challenges and Opportunities
    • Research Design and Qualitative Methods
  • SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
    • Member, PhD Workshop Organizing Committee, 2012.
    • Lead Organizer, DUSP Women’s Research Salon, 2011.
    • ASA Section on the Sociology of Development, Technology Team, 2011-2012
    • MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, PhD Committee, 2008-9; 2011-12
    • MIT Presidential Committee on Family and Work, 2010, 2011
    • MIT Housing and Community Affairs Family Sub-Committee, 2010, 2011
  • AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
    • MIT/DUSP Urban AFRICA
    • MIT Global Sustainability Working Group
    • Urban Theory Lab, Graduate School of Design at Harvard University
    • Race-Talk: Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
    • NAACP, Mississippi State Office
    • National Community Land Trust Network
    • Association of Collegiate Schools in Planning: People of Color Interest Group (POCIG); Faculty Women Interest Group (FWIG)
    • American Sociological Association (ASA): Race, Gender & Class section; Sociology of Development Section
    • MIT/DUSP: Students of Color Committee; DUSP Women
    • Asian Women’s Giving Circle, Ms. Foundation for Women
    • Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)
  • REFERENCE LIST
    • Diane E. Davis, Professor of Urbanism and Development (co-chair)
      Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
      617-495-0720  |  ddavis@gsd.harvard
    • J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor of Urban Politics (co-chair)
      Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
      617-452-2813  |  jt71@mit.edu
    • Annette Kim, Associate Professor & Chair, Undergraduate Program (committee member)
      Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
      617-324-6135  |  Annette@mit.edu
    • Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor of Sociology and Planning (committee member)
      Head, Housing and Community Economic Development Group
      Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT
      617-253-7956  |  xbriggs@mit.edu
    • Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory
      Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
      617-495-2521  |  nbrenner@gsd.harvard.edu
    • Susan Saegert, Professor of Environmental Psychology
      Director, Housing and Environment Group, Center for Human Environments
      CUNY Graduate Center
      212-817-1886  |  ssaegert@gc.cuny.edu
    • James DeFilippis, Associate Professor
      Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
      Rutgers University
      732-932-2805  |  jdefilip@rutgers.edu
    • Michelle DePass
      Assistant Administrator, Office of International Affairs
      Environmental Protection Agency
      202-564-6600  |  DePass.Michelle@epamail.epa.gov
    • Eric Belsky
      Lecturer, Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design
      Managing Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University
      617-496-4991  |  Eric_Belsky@harvard.edu
    • Derrick Johnson, Esq.
      Lecturer, Tougaloo College;  President, Mississippi State Chapter, NAACP;  Executive Director, One Voice
      601-960-9594 |  DerrickJohnson@onevoice.com;  derrickjohnson@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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