2017 News Archive

Responding to urban design challenges: Students explore architecture in Brazil

This fall, Princeton faculty teaching “The Interdisciplinary Design Urban Studio” (ARC205) are introducing 12 students to architectural and urban design issues to help build their critical thinking and design skills. Central to the course was a fall-break trip to Brazil where students gained firsthand experience of the topics discussed on campus.
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Rozalie Czesana - highlights

Rozalie Czesana, WWS & Urban Studies senior is part of the Princeton University’s Vertical Farming Project.  Located in a small windowless room in Moffett Laboratory, Princeton’s vertical farm is used to identify the optimal conditions for growing food indoors.  Plant physiologist Paul Gauthier, who has been at the University since 2012 and focuses his research on plant resilience to environmental stress, envisions the Princeton project as an open-source model for vertical farming. Read more:  https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/11/02/room-growth-princetons-vertical-farming-project-harvests-knowledge-budding-industry. Watch and share the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hG03gY_dWwk




Judith Hamera - highlights

Judith Hamera’s latest book: Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization, on Wednesday, October 25, at 6 pm.  Jill Dolan will be the discussant.
Author: Judith Hamera, Professor Program in Dance Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts; Urban Studies Associated Faculty
Discussant: Jill Dolan, Dean of the College; Professor of Theater; Annan Professor in English; Urban Studies Associated Faculty






Alison Isenberg's Book - highlights

Alison Isenberg's New Book: Designing San Francisco: Art, Land and Urban Renewal in the City by the Bay







Achille Tenkiang '17, Urban Studies certificate recipient who will serve as the newest Young Alumni Trustee after winning election. Click on link below for full article.
Achille Tenkiang selected as Young Alumni Trustee The Daily Princetonian



Simon Gikandi - highlights

Simon Gikandi,  Professor of English and Associated Faculty Member, Program in Urban Studies, received the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.







Twelve Princeton undergraduates will pursue internships and conduct research internationally this summer as Streicker Fellows. 

The Streicker International Fellows Fund was established in 2015 to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to carry out substantive research or educational projects while immersed in a foreign culture. The fellows are selected by Princeton's Office of International Programs.



Alissa Lopez Serfoza - highlights

Alissa Lopez Serfoza was selected and is a junior from Los Angeles, California. She is majoring in architecture and working toward a certificate in urban studies. Serfozo will intern for Puhl and Dajka Architects in Szentendre and Budapest, Hungary, where she will contribute to projects that consider the adaptive role of contemporary architecture and its relation to traditional Hungarian aesthetics.






Douglas Massey - highlights

The Society for Applied Anthropology has awarded Douglas Massey, the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, and Jorge Durand Arp-Nisen of the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, the 2018 Bronislaw Malinowski Award in recognition of their 30 years of work on the Mexican Migration Project, which examines the complex process of Mexican migration to the United States. The pair will be honored at the 78th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology to be held in Philadelphia in April 2018.





Three Princeton seniors, one alumna win Gates Cambridge Scholarships


Williams  - highlights

Williams, of Princeton, is a concentrator in anthropology and is pursuing certificates in archaeologyLatin American studies and urban studies. She will study for a master's degree in archaeology in the Archaeological Heritage and Museums Track at Cambridge. With an interest in becoming a museum curator, she hopes to use her fellowship year "to broaden my understanding of the role of museums both past and present in shaping public perceptions of culture," she wrote in her application. After Cambridge, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology with a focus on pre-Columbian art.

Her interest in archaeology began in Princeton's Bridge Year Program — a yearlong tuition-free community service program for accepted students prior to beginning their freshman year on campus. During that year, she volunteered with ProPeru, a nongovernmental organization that focuses on development projects, and had the opportunity to shadow a group of archaeologists who were working to shield sites from degradation.

At Princeton she has taken a wide range of classes in material culture and cultural heritage. In summer 2014, she took "Archaeology in the Field," an excavation class in Greece taught by Nathan Arrington, assistant professor of art and archaeology, and director of the Program in Archaeology.

"Charlotte always exceeded expectations, in the classroom and in the field," Arrington said. "Her work in seminar stood out for its depth, creativity and clarity. She also shone as a student in 'Archaeology in the Field,' and she returned [the following summer] as a supervisor, which is a position normally reserved for graduate students. A natural leader who guides with easy grace, she supervised workers and students and oversaw some very complex archaeological situations."

Williams also held summer internships at the Penn Museum of Anthropology and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Outside the classroom, Williams has served as captain of the mock trial team; staff writer for the student-led magazine Princeton Traveler, peer representative for students who are accused of violating Princeton's honor code; residential college adviser in Forbes College, one of Princeton's six residential colleges; member of the Department of Anthropology's Undergraduate Advisory Group; member of the Behrman Undergraduate Society of Fellows, a group of undergraduates dedicated to the study of the humanities; and tutor with Princeton Tutoring.
Full story:  http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/72/68O82/?section=topsto…


Students selected as 2017 Scholars in the Nation's Service


John Newby Parton - highlights

John "Newby" Parton, a junior from McMinnville, Tennessee, is a Wilson School concentrator and a certificate candidate in values and public life and in urban studies. Parton has focused his academic work on the judicial branch and public service journalism.

In summer 2016, he participated in an international seminar in Rome on the history, sociology and policy implications of ghettos. Parton has worked with the Office of Religious Life to help establish a program that partners Princeton students as mentors to young refugees resettled in Trenton. He has worked as a dormitory assistant, tour guide, economics tutor and a counselor for a STEM camp serving minority and low-income students.

Parton is an editor for The Daily Princetonian, the president of Speak with Style and the treasurer of a debate group. For the full article visit: