Core Faculty

The following faculty members are appointed one-half in GMS and one-half in their home departments.



Jason Corburn Jason Corburn is Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. His research focuses on the links between environmental health and social justice in cities, notions of expertise in science-based policy making, and the role of local knowledge in addressing environmental and public health problems. Corburn is currently investigating the institutional, political and technical barriers to reconnecting city planning and public health with the aim of addressing urban inequities around the world. Jason has received major support for his work from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Workgroup on Citizen Engagement in Health Emergency Planning and a recipient of the National Environmental Leadership Program Award. Corburn was previously a professor of urban environmental planning and policy at Columbia University and the co-director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at Hunter College, City University of New York. His book, Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice (MIT Press, 2005) won the 2007 Paul Davidoff best book award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Corburn received both a Masters in City Planning (1996) and a PhD in Urban Environmental Planning (2002) from MIT.

As part of his GMS involvement, Corburn taught a summer studio in Nairobi, Kenya. For more see:



Core Faculty member

Alison PostAlison Post is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. She studies comparative political economy, focusing on the politics of urban and regional development. In particular, her research examines the politics of regulating urban infrastructure and utilities investment in Latin America. She has conducted field research in Argentina, Chile, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. Her doctoral dissertation, Liquid Assets and Fluid Contracts: Explaining the Uneven Effects of Water and Sanitation Privatization, won the 2009 William Anderson award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state or local politics. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Government from Harvard University and B.A. from Stanford University. As a Marshall scholar, she also earned a M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has served as a postdoctoral research scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, a Visiting Researcher at the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad in Buenos Aires and the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (E.C.L.A.C.) in Santiago, and as a Researcher at L.S.E. Urban Research in London.



Core Faculty Member

Joan WalkerJoan Walker is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Previously, she was Assistant Professor of Geography and Environment at Boston University. Walker received her Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1991 and her Master's and PhD degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. From 2001-2004 she served as Director of Demand Modeling at Caliper Corporation. Walker’s research focus is behavioral travel demand modeling, emphasizing methods and their application to urban issues including health, congestion, air quality, equity, and quality of life. Walker is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE program recognizes outstanding scientists and engineers who, early in their careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of knowledge. This Presidential Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.