Diane E. Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Before to moving to the GSD in 2011, Davis served as the head of the International Development Group in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, where she also had a term as Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. Trained as a sociologist, Davis’s research interests include the relations between urbanization and national development, comparative urban governance, socio-spatial practice in conflict cities, urban violence, and new territorial manifestations of sovereignty. She is widely published, most recently with the bookTransforming Urban Transport (with Alan Altshuler) (Oxford University Press, 2018). She was recently principal investigator for a three-year project focused on the role of political leadership in transforming urban transport, and a three-year project oriented toward developing more sustainable social housing policies for Mexican cities.