Sigrid Adriaenssens is a structural engineer specializing in the form finding and optimization of structural surfaces. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, where she directs the Form Finding Lab. Adriaenssens holds a Ph.D. in lightweight structures from the University of Bath and worked as a project engineer for Jane Wernick Associates in London and Ney + Partners in Brussels, Belgium. Her projects have won national and international architectural and construction prizes, including the 2012 Golden Amsterdam Architecture Prize for the Dutch Marine Museum, the 2010 Wallonia Biennale of Architecture for the footbridge in Verviers and the 2007 Belgian Steel Construction Award for the Pavillon Economique. She is the first author of "Shaping Forces: Laurent Ney" and is writing a second book, "Architectonics of Shells: The Definition and Optimization of Form." She co-curated the exhibition "Fazlur Khan: Structural Artist of Building Forms." Read more about the Princeton Form Finding Lab here.
Kamran Asdar Ali
Kamran Asdar Ali is associate professor of anthropology, Middle East studies and Asian studies and the Director of the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas, Austin. He has published several articles on issues of health and gender in Egypt, more recently his published work has been on Pakistan’s cultural history, popular culture, urban politics and gender issues. He has previously taught at the University of Rochester (1995-2001). He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1998-99) and a senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden, The Netherlands (2005). He was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg at Berlin (2010-2011), where he finished a book-length manuscript on the social history of the working class movement during Pakistan's early years. He is the author of "Planning the Family in Egypt: New Bodies, New Selves" (2002). He is the co-editor of "Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa" (2008) and "Comparing Cities: Middle East and South Asia" (2009), both with Martina Rieker, with whom he also coordinates the Shehr Network on Comparative Urban Landscapes. Read more about Kamran Asdar Ali here.
Daniel A. Bell
Daniel Bell is the Zhiyuan Chair Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Jiaotong University in Shanghai and professor of ethics and political philosophy and director of the Center for International and Comparative Political Philosophy at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He obtained his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Oxford. He has taught at the National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong, and he has held research fellowships at Princeton's University Center for Human Values and Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is the author of "The Spirit of Cities" with Avner de-Shalit (2011), "China's New Confucianism" (revised 2010), "Beyond Liberal Democracy" (2006) and "East Meets West" (2000). He is also the author of "Communitarianism and Its Critics" (1993). He has edited and co-edited nine books, and he is the series editor of the Princeton-China translation series. His writings have been translated in 22 languages. He is a regular participant at Davos meetings in Davos and Dalian. Read more about Daniel Bell here.
M. Christine Boyer
M. Christine Boyer is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the School of Architecture, Princeton University. Her books include "Le Corbusier: Homme de Lettres" (2010) and "CyberCities: Visual Perception in the Age of Electronic Communication" (1996). She has written many articles and lectured widely on the topic of urbanism in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Boyer is currently researching the many plans for the reconstruction of New Orleans, and developing collaborative research projects on the history of post-World War II urban planning in developing countries. She is also writing a book on urban planning in post-war Britain, focusing primarily on the published and unpublished writings of Alison and Peter Smithson. Continuing her interest in architecture and memory, she has recently begun to write about heritage terrorism. Read more about Christine Boyer here.
Janet Y. Chen
Janet Chen is an assistant professor of history and East Asian studies at Princeton University. She received her B.A. from Williams College and M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. She is the author of "Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953" (2012). Her current research focuses on the history of the spoken national language in China. Read more about Janet Chen here.
Juan Du is an associate professor and director of the MArch Program in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She is the founding director of the Hong Kong-based office of IDU_Architecture and her work has been exhibited internationally at events including La Biennale di Venezia 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Vienna Architekturzentrum Exhibition and the Brazil International Exhibition of Architecture and Urbanism. She has taught architectural and urban design in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University. She was the chief curator of Hong Kong's participation in the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture, curator of housing for the Affordable City Exhibition at the 2011 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale, and the assistant curator for the First Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in 2005. Read more about Juan Du here.
Mitchell Duneier is the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. An urban ethnographer who uses the method of participant observation to learn about the survival strategies of the poor, Duneier has particular interest in the unintended consequences of policies and bureaucratic structures on urban populations, and the definitions that people bring to their situation. His book "Slim's Table" (1992) looked at the lives of working poor black men based on years of participation in their lives at a Chicago cafeteria. A later book, "Sidewalk" (1999), studies the subsistence and survival strategies of New York's unhoused vendors during the administration of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. His latest book, "Ghetto" (2014) studies the history of the idea of the ghetto from Venice to the present. Duneier is the co-author with Anthony Giddens and others of "Introduction to Sociology," a widely used textbook in introductory courses. At Princeton, he received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and his online "Introduction to Sociology" course will be offered again this spring through Princeton's collaboration with Coursera. Read more about Mitchell Duneier here.
Christopher L. Eisgruber
Christopher Eisgruber became the provost of Princeton University in 2004. He is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. From 2001 through June 2004, he served as director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs. He is the author of "The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process" (2007), "Religious Freedom and the Constitution" (co-authored with Lawrence G. Sager, 2007), and "Constitutional Self-Government" (2001), as well as numerous articles in books and academic journals. Before joining the faculty in 2001, he clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court, and then served for 11 years on the faculty of the New York University School of Law. Eisgruber received an A.B. magna cum laude in physics from Princeton, an M. Litt. in politics from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is a trustee of the Princeton University Press and the Educational Testing Service and is a member of the University Advisory Board for Coursera. Read more about Christopher Eisgruber here.
Ling Fan is an architect, spatial artist and design entrepreneur. He is a lecturer in design methodology at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. From 2008 to 2011, he was the founding creative director of Crystal Design Research Center and Crystal Platform for Open Design, the design think tank for Crystal Computer Technology Corp. He founded his own interdisciplinary design unit, FAN Studio, in 2010 to pursue spatial experiment and design research. Ling was nominated for the first "Focus on Talent" Project launched by the Martell Art Foundation and Today Art Museum in 2011. He was awarded an Art Special Project Scholarship by the China National Scholarship Council from 2011 to 2014. In 2012, he founded "The Next Factory" project, a cultural entrepreneur startup that integrates design thinking and social design development with open-source 3-D printing technology. Fan graduated from Tongji University with a B.Arch degree and holds an M.Arch from the Princeton University School of Architecture. He is a doctor of design candidate at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Read more about FAN Studio here.
Mario Gandelsonas, who joined the faculty of the Princeton University School of Architecture in 1991, is an architect and theorist whose specializations include urbanism and semiotics. He is the director of the Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure and the principal researcher of the Twenty-First Century Infrastructure project funded by Princeton's Global Collaborative Networks initiative. His work, which includes residential, institutional vision plans and urban design projects, has received numerous design awards. Most recently, his firm, Agrest & Gandelsonas Architects, has completed construction of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa, as a showcase for the art of our time that is free and accessible to the community. In 2004, his firm won an international competition for the Urban Design of the Xu Jia Hui district in Shanghai. In 2006, Gandelsonas was elevated by the AIA to the College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. He has been published extensively and is a frequent contributor to architectural journals. Read more about Mario Gandelsonas here.
Maria Garlock is an associate professor at Princeton University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Program in Architecture and Engineering. Her scholarship is in resilient building design for large earthquakes and fires, as isolated and as combined multihazard events. She is an advocate in both fields by serving as president of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering and chair of the Fire Protection Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineering. Garlock studies the best examples of structural designs of the present and past, which encompass the ideals of efficiency, economy and elegance. She has co-authored a book on the subject ("Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist," 2008), and co-curated three exhibitions with scale models and instructional displays that teach exemplary structural engineering designs. Garlock is also a professional engineer, having earned her license while working for Leslie E. Robertson Associates of New York City. Read more about Maria Garlock here.
François Gemenne is a research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations and a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, the University of Paris 13 and the Free University of Brussels. His research deals with populations displaced by environmental changes and the policies of adaptation to climate change. He has conducted field studies in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; Tuvalu, China; central Asia; the Maldives; Mauritius; and Japan. He is currently the coordinator of the DEVAST project, looking at the social and political consequences of the Fukushima disaster in Japan. He has been involved in a number of international research projects, including EACH-FOR, a worldwide empirical project on the linkages between environmental changes and migration. He has consulted for several organizations, including the International Organization of Migration, the Asian Development Bank and the British government. In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public. He holds a joint doctorate in political science from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Liege in Belgium. He has published in various journals, including Science and Global Environmental Change, and has written four books. Read more about François Gemenne here.
Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He is director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He regularly teaches microeconomic theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992. Read more about Edward Glaeser here.
Branko Glišić received his bachelor's and master's degrees in structural engineering and theoretical mathematics at University of Belgrade, Serbia, and Ph.D. in civil engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. He was employed at SMARTEC SA, Switzerland, where he was involved in research and engineering at different levels of responsibility in numerous structural health monitoring (SHM) projects. Since February 2009, he has been an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Princeton University. His main areas of interest are SHM methods, advanced sensory systems, smart structures, SHM data management, and sustainable engineering. Glišić is the author and co-author of more than a hundred published papers, courses on SHM, and the book "Fibre Optic Methods for Structural Health Monitoring" (2007), and he is a member of several professional associations, including the International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, American Concrete Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety, International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineers, and Industrial Smart Material Application. Read more about Branko Glišić here.
Susan Grimmond, professor at King's College London, was the founding chair of the Board of the Urban Environment of the American Meteorological Society, past president of the International Association of Urban Climate and past lead expert for the World Meteorological Organization on Urban and Building Climatology. She received her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of British Columbia. Grimmond is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, and the Journal of Urban Climates; and an editor for the Journal for Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. Grimmond studies the biophysical processes involved in the generation of urban climates through the measurement and modeling of surface-atmosphere exchanges of heat, mass (water and carbon dioxide) and momentum at a range of spatial and temporal scales (urban canyons to neighborhoods to entire cities). She and her students have conducted extensive fieldwork in cities across North America, Europe and Africa, with a full measurement program now focused on London. Read more about Susan Grimmond here.
Jin Guangyao is a professor of history and director of the International Center for Studies of Chinese Civilization at Fudan University in Shanghai. His research areas include the diplomatic history of Republican China, a history of Sino-American relations and Chinese contemporary history. Jin received a master's degree in history and a Ph.D. in international relations from Fudan University. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Leeds and at Columbia University. He also has served as a visiting professor at Lund University, Korea University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Leipzig University. His publications include "A Biography of Wellington Koo (1999);" "A History of the Republic of China" (Vol. 10, co-author, 2011) and "China's Diplomacy During Beiyang Period" (editor, 2006). Recently, his research interests are focused on the Cultural Revolution in Shanghai.
Rupali Gupte is an architect and urbanist practicing and teaching in Mumbai, India. Co-founding member of Collective Research Initiatives Trust, she is interested in the contemporary urban condition and a cross-disciplinary investigation of this phenomenon. She locates her practice at the juncture of architecture, art and urban research. She received her bachelor's degree in architecture from the Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA) and her Masters degree from Cornell University. She has also been a Fellow at The KRVIA and at SARAI-CSDS, Delhi and an Architect in Residence at the Art and Architecture Residency at Khoj International, New Delhi. Currently she is an assistant professor at the KRVIA, where she co-ordinates the Research Fellowship Program, the Exchange Program and projects in the KRVIA Design Cell. She continues to research and write on the urban condition and has lectured extensively in India and abroad. Read more about Rupali Gupte here.
Alison Isenberg, a professor of history at Princeton University, writes and teaches about 19th- and 20th-century American society, with particular attention to the transformation of cities and suburbs, and to the intersections of culture, the economy and place. Her book "Downtown America: A History of the Place and the People Who Made It" (2004) received several awards. She is currently completing two books, "Second-Hand Cities" and "Deeds of Design." In 2011, Isenberg completed two years as president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, a multidisciplinary organization bringing together scholars and practitioners from history, design and planning, American studies, geography, environmental history, art history, sociology, preservation, and policy. Isenberg has served on the boards of the Urban History Association and H-Urban, and is the founding review editor for the Journal of Planning History. Before joining Princeton in 2010, Isenberg taught at Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Florida International University.
Andrew Jarecki's first feature film, "Capturing the Friedmans," won 18 major international prizes including the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Festival, and the New York Film Critics Circle award, and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2010, he directed and produced "All Good Things" starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langela, and produced the documentary "Catfish." He has made a number of acclaimed short films (including "Just a Clown" and "Swimming," which were shown at Sundance) and co-wrote and performed the theme song for the television show "Felicity" on the WB Network. Jarecki was also co-founder of Moviefone. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he was a theatrical director. He resides in New York City and is CEO and founder of Hit the Ground Running Films, a motion picture development and production company.
Anurag Kashyap made an early mark as a writer with the gritty, raw gangster film "Satya" (1998) directed by Ram Gopal Verma. Kashyap made his directorial debut with "Paanch" (2000), a film that has not been released due to the objections of the Indian Censor Board. He followed with the acclaimed "Black Friday," based on the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993. In 2009, he wrote and directed "Dev.D," a modern-day interpretation on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic Bengali novel "Devdas." Kashyap served as a jury member at the 66th Venice International Film Festival. His films have made him a face representing the new wave of Indian cinema at various prestigious platforms across the globe. Other films include "No Smoking" (2007), "Return of Hanuman" (2007), "Gulaal" (2009) and "That Girl in Yellow Boots" (2010). He produced "Udaan" (2010), which was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard category at the Cannes Film Festival. He produced "Shaitan" in 2011 and co-produced Michael Winterbottom’s "Trishna" in 2012. Also in 2012, "Gangs of Wasseypur (I & II)" and his production "Peddlers" by Vasan Bala were screened at Cannes at the Director's Fortnight and Critic's Week sections, respectively. "Peddlers" was nominated for the prestigious Camera D'or Awards.
Ariella Masboungi is chief architect-planner in the French Ministry for Sustainability. She is a former president at the School of Architecture in Marne la Vallée, France, and a former professor at Institut Français d’urbanisme in Marne la Vallée. She is a director and originator of the Urban-Project Workshops Program and writer and editor of the "Projet Urbain Collection" as well as other books.
Douglas Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, he is president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a member of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and co-editor of the Annual Review of Sociology. He currently serves as director of the Office of Population Research. Massey's research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, stratification, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is the author, most recently, of "Brokered Boundaries: Constructing Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times" (2010), co-authored with Magaly Sanchez.
Denise Mauzerall is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public and international affairs at Princeton University. She has a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry from Harvard University. Her research areas are atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric dynamics, climate and environmental engineering and water resources. Recent research projects have examined the impacts of air pollution on agriculture and health in China, intercontinental transport of air pollutants, environmental consequences and alternatives to nitrogen oxide emissions trading, regional attribution of ozone production and associated radiative forcing to emissions from specific regions of the world, and the benefit that methane emission controls can have on reducing background ozone concentrations and reducing associated impacts on human health and climate change.
Partha Mukhopadhyay is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India. His current research interests are in urban development, infrastructure and the development paths of India and China. He was in the first cohort of fellows of the New School's India China Institute. His last assignment was with the Infrastructure Development Finance Company, where he worked on policy and regulatory frameworks for the flow of private capital into infrastructure. Earlier, he was with Export-Import Bank of India as the first director of their Eximius Learning Centre in Bangalore, and with the World Bank in the Trade Policy Division in Washington, D.C. He has been associated with a number of government committees, most recently with the Committee on Allocation of Natural Resources of the Cabinet Secretariat. He has taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; XLRI, Jamshedpur; and the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of LIRNEasia, Colombo. He has a Ph.D. in economics from New York University. Read more about Partha Mukhopadhyay here.
Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor of architecture at Princeton University. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California-Berkeley and began his career as a draftsman in the joint studio of R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi in 1976. He has practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York. In 1987, he established the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners and was its director until 1997, when he began his current practice, Guy Nordenson and Associates. Nordenson was the structural engineer for the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Santa Fe Opera House and more than 100 other projects. Current projects include the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Since 2006, he has collaborated with Catherine Seavitt on the development of climate change adaptation urban infrastructure and planning strategies for coastal cities including New York, New Orleans and Shanghai. Image courtesy of Dominique Nabokov.
Michael Oppenheimer is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also the director of the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. An atmospheric scientist with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in chemical physics, he joined the Princeton faculty in 2002 after more than two decades with the Environmental Defense Fund, a nongovernmental environmental organization where he was chief scientist and manager of the Climate and Air Program. Previously, he held the position of Atomic and Molecular Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Oppenheimer is a longtime participant in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is co-editor of the journal Climatic Change and serves on the U.S. National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. He is also a science adviser to the Environmental Defense Fund. His research focuses on the physical science and policy aspects of climate change and its impacts. Read more about Michael Oppenheimer here.
Max Page is a professor of architecture and history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is the author and editor of six books, the most of recent of which are "The Future of Higher Education" (2011, with Dan Clawson); and "Reconsidering Jane Jacobs" (2011, co-edited with Tim Mennell). He writes for a variety of publications about New York City, urban development and the politics of the past. For the 100th anniversary of Times Square in 2004, he was curator for an exhibition on the history of the square at the AXA Gallery in New York City. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Howard Foundation, Fulbright Commission and Guggenheim Foundation. He is currently finishing an architectural guide to the University of Massachusetts' campus in time for the campus's 150th anniversary in 2013. His next book project is titled "Priceless: Rethinking Historic Preservation in the 21st Century."
Marc Parlange is a professor and dean in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Previously, he was professor at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California-Davis. He obtained his M.S. and Ph. D. from Cornell University. His research concerns hydrology and environmental fluid mechanics, and he has published about 170 journal articles. His special focus includes measurement and simulation in water resources, wind engineering, sensor networks, urban environments, energy balances and the turbulent lower atmosphere. In 1997, he was awarded the Macelwane Medal and was made Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He also has received the Dalton Medal of the European Geosciences Union, the Hydrologic Sciences Award of the American Geophysical Union and the student-selected teaching excellence award at EPFL.
Gyan Prakash is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University and specializes in South Asian history, colonial and postcolonial studies, and urban history. From 2003 to 2008, he directed the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton, during which he ran a two-year research program on Cities: Space, Society and History. He was a member of the Subaltern Studies Collective until its dissolution in 2006, and has been a recipient of fellowships by the National Science Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of Humanities. He has written "Bonded Histories" (1990) and "Another Reason" (1999), and edited several volumes of essays. His latest book is "Mumbai Fables" (2010), and he wrote the script for "Bombay Velvet," a film to be produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap in 2012. His current research project is on the city as home.
Ye Qi is the Cheung Kong Professor of Environmental Policy at Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management, and Director of Climate Policy Initiative Beijing. He serves on the Science Steering Committee of the Global Carbon Project and advises governments, NGO’s and international organizations on climate change, clean energy, and environmental policy issues. From 1996-2003, Qi taught environmental science, policy, and management at the University of California-Berkeley. In 1994, he received a Ph.D. in environmental science from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University. He conducted research at University of California San Diego and Cornell University from 1993 to 1996. Qi’s research focuses on climate and environmental policy and governance, and he publishes extensively on climate change science and environmental policy. He is the principal investigator and editor of the Annual Review of Low Carbon Development in China. Read more about Ye Qi here.
Stephen Redding is the Harold T. Shapiro '64 Professor in Economics in the Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a co-editor of the Journal of International Economics, a research associate of the International Trade and Investment program of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Recent research has focused on product choice within multiproduct firms and its implications for industry dynamics and international trade; trade liberalization and income inequality; comparative advantage and heterogeneous firms' responses to trade liberalization; and the role of market access in understanding spatial variation in economic development. He was awarded a Global Economic Affairs Prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2008 and a Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowship from 2001 to 2004 for his research on international trade and economic growth. Read more about Stephen Redding here.
Esteban Rossi-Hansberg is a professor of economics at Princeton University. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the Instituto Technólogico Autónomo de Mexico, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He was a faculty member in the economics department at Stanford University from 2002 to 2005 and is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He is also an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Journal of Urban Economics. His interests cover a wide range of topics including international trade and the organization of international production, firm dynamics and the organization of firms, economic growth and urban development, as well as urban policy and the internal structure of cities. He has received numerous distinctions, such as the Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award, the 2010 August Lösch Prize, and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2007. Read more about Esteban Rossi-Hansberg here.
Ananya Roy is a professor of city and regional planning and Distinguished Chair in Global Poverty and Practice at the University of California-Berkeley. She previously held the Friesen Chair in Urban Studies. Roy teaches in the fields of urban studies and international development. She also serves as education director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. From 2009 to 2012, she served as co-director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Center, and from 2005 to 2009, she served as associate dean of international and area studies. Roy is the author of "City Requiem, Calcutta: Gender and the Politics of Poverty" (2003), co-editor of "Urban Informality: Transnational Perspectives From the Middle East, South Asia and Latin America" (2004) and co-editor of "The Practice of International Health" (2008). Her book "Poverty Capital: Microfinance and the Making of Development" (2010), was made possible through research supported by the National Science Foundation. Roy has recently completed an edited book (with Aihwa Ong) titled "Worlding Cities: Asian Experiments and the Art of Being Global" (2011).
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. Her recent books are "Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages" (2008), "A Sociology of Globalization" (2007), and the fourth edition of "Cities in a World Economy" (2011). "The Global City" came out in a fully updated second edition in 2001. She organized the research for and edited the volume on human settlement of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. Her books are translated into more than 20 languages. She has received multiple honors and awards, including several honorary doctorates from universities in the U.S. and other countries.
Mario Luis Small
Mario Luis Small is the dean of the Social Sciences Division and professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. Small has published books and numerous articles on urban poverty, social capital, personal networks, and the relationship between qualitative and quantitative social science methods. His first book, "Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio" (2004), received the C. Wright Mills Award for Best Book and the Robert E. Park Award for Best Book. His latest book, "Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life" (2009), examined how the social networks of New York City mothers were affected by the institutional conditions of their children's childcare centers. "Unanticipated Gains" also received the C. Wright Mills Award for Best Book, making Small the only two-time recipient. Small is currently studying institutional approaches to urban disadvantage, formal and informal systems of support among low-income mothers, and help-seeking behavior among students in higher education.
James Smith is a professor and the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1981. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 1990, Smith was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam and a research scientist in hydrometeorology at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Smith is a member of the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton; he also serves as Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment. Smith is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meterological Society, which named him the 2011 Robert E. Horton Lecturer. His research interests center on the hydrology, hydrometeorology and hydroclimatology of flooding, with a special focus on urban environments. Smith has examined the role of urbanization in altering regional climate, with a focus on heavy rainfall.
Jonathan D. Solomon
Jonathan Solomon is an associate professor and associate dean at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. His work explores the role of architecture in crafting public space in the contemporary city, through design projects such as Ooi Botos Gallery, a shophouse in a Hong Kong street market converted into a gallery for contemporary Chinese photographic art. His latest book, "Cities Without Ground" (2012), co-authored with Adam Frampton and Clara Wong, maps the relationship between climate and public space in the unique three-dimensional urbanism of Hong Kong. Solomon is a registered architect in the state of Illinois. In 2005-06, he was the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo. From 2006 to 2012, he taught design at the University of Hong Kong, where he served for three years as acting head of the Department of Architecture.
Howard A. Stone
Howard Stone is the Donald R. Dixon '69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1988. Following a postdoctoral year in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, Stone joined the faculty of the (now) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. In 2000, he was named a Harvard College Professor for his contributions to undergraduate education. He moved to Princeton in 2009. His research interests are in fluid dynamics, especially as they arise in research and applications at the interface of engineering, chemistry, physics and biology. He has received the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and is past chair of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the APS. For 10 years, he served as an associate editor for the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, and is currently on the editorial boards of the New Journal of Physics and Physics of Fluids and the advisory board of Soft Matter, as well as several other journals.
Dorothy Tang is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of Hong Kong. She teaches design studios and seminars that explore the role of landscape strategies at the intersection of everyday social operations and large-scale infrastructural systems. Her current research investigates landscape change due to production, infrastructure development, resource extraction and urbanization at multiple scales. She is co-authoring a book that explores environmental change in the Pearl River Delta and potential for collaborative infrastructural and urban strategies across the political borders. Tang received a Master in Landscape Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University. Read more about Dorothy Tang here.
Shirley M. Tilghman
Shirley M. Tilghman was elected Princeton University's 19th president on May 5, 2001, and assumed office on June 15, 2001. An exceptional teacher and a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, she served on the Princeton faculty for 15 years before being named president. A native of Canada, Tilghman received her Honors B.Sc. in chemistry from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Temple University. During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development. A member of the National Research Council's committee that set the blueprint for the United States effort in the Human Genome Project, she also was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health. Tilghman was appointed an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1988, and in 1998 was named the founding director of Princeton's multidisciplinary Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the Royal Society of London. She serves as a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and as a director of Google Inc. Read more about Shirley Tilghman here.
Lawrence Vale is the Ford Professor Urban Design and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2002 to 2009. He currently serves as president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History. He holds degrees from M.I.T. (S.M.Arch.S.) and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.), which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Vale is the author or editor of eight books examining urban design and housing, including "Architecture, Power and National Identity" (1992), a book about capital city design on six continents. Much of his most recent published work has examined the history, politics and design of American public housing. Read more about Lawrence Vale here.
Jiang Wu, a planner and first-class registered architect of China, is vice president of Tongji University in Shanghai. He is the vice chairman of Shanghai Architecture Society, and a steering council member of the Architecture Society of China since 2003. In 2010, he was elected chair of the Global University Partnership for Environment and Sustainability in Nairobi. He is also an editorial committee member of several top academic journals, such as Time + Architecture, World Architecture, Urban Planning Forum and Public Arts. Wu received his Ph.D. from the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University. He taught history and theory of architecture, urban design and historic preservation at Tongji University from 1986 to 2003. From then until 2008, he was the deputy director general of the Shanghai Municipal Urban Planning Administration Bureau. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Hong Kong and a senior visiting scholar in the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University. Over the past 20 years, Wu has published more than 10 books and 60 articles in his research fields.
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, dean of Princeton University's School of Architecture, is an accomplished contemporary architect and co-founder of London-based Alejandro Zaera-Polo Architects (AZPA). His work has consistently merged the practice of architecture with theoretical practice, providing a strong intellectual rigor to the discourse on architecture through a sharp capacity to identify social and political trends and creatively extrapolate them. He trained at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and went on to complete a Master in Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He collaborated with OMA in Rotterdam between 1991 and 1993, prior to co-founding London-based Foreign Office Architects in 1993. He now runs AZPA, which has produced critically acclaimed and award-winning projects for the public and private sector on an international scale. His texts can be found in many professional publications such as El Croquis, Quaderns, A+U, Arch+ and Harvard Design Magazine.
Qianchuan Zhao is a professor and associate director of the Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems in the Department of Automation at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He was a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard University in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He was a visiting professor at Cornell University in 2006. His current research focuses on the modeling, control and optimization of complex networked systems. He has published more than 80 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Zhao is an associate editor for the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, an associate editor for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, an associate editor for the joint Conference on Decision and Control and Eurepean Control Conference 2005, and International Program Committee member for the Workshop Series on Discrete Event Systems 2004. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Shilling Zheng is a professor and head of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Space of Tongji University, Shanghai. A member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zheng has long been engaged in architectural design and urban planning. He began his teaching and research career at Tongii University in the 1980s. He has won broad recognition in Shanghai and all of China as his design theories have played important roles in the development of many cities. Since 1994, Zheng has devoted himself to the protection of historic buildings in Shanghai. He has served as director of the Urban Space and Environment Committee in the Shanghai Municipal City Planning Administration, and he was actively involved in the bidding and preparations for EXPO 2010 Shanghai China. He was elected fellow of the French Academy of Architecture in 1998 and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Rome in 2007, among other honors.
Tong Zhu researches the impact of air pollution on public health and the mechanisms of atmospheric chemistry. He studies how transportation systems and public policies affect air quality of megacities to the surface of fine particles and atmospheric chemistry over the Tibetan Plateau. A principle investigator of more than 20 research projects, he has led large international projects related to air pollution science, health impacts and mitigation strategies for more than a decade. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in top English-language journals. Associate editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research — Atmosphere, he also serves on numerous editorial boards and committees, including the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Scientific Steering Committee. He directs the Center for Environment and Health and is the Cheung Kong Chair Professor in the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at Peking University.
Xuejin Zuo is the director of the Institute of Economics at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS). He received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Pittsburgh. His recent researches focus on urban and regional development, population economics and social security program reform. He is the head of the Research Base "Shanghai's Spatial Development Strategy" sponsored by the Shanghai municipality, and the major investigator of a research project titled China's Population Aging in the 21st Century and the Socioeconomic Policy Responses, funded by the National Foundation of Philosophy and Social Science Research. He is the president of the Shanghai Econometric Society, the president of Shanghai Association of Aging Studies and the vice president of the Shanghai Society of Labor and Social Security. He was the vice president and executive vice president of SASS from 1994 to 2008, and the vice president of China Population Association from 2000 to 2008.