Introduction

Diane E. Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and former Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design (UPD) at the Harvard University 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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she also had a term as Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning. In addition to her continued teaching in UPD, she is the Area Head of the Risk and Resilience Track in the Master of Design Studies Program and Project Director of the Mexican Cities Initiative, both housed at the GSD. Davis  serves on the Executive Committee of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, where she also co-heads the Rockefeller Center's Faculty Committee on Mexico.Trained as a sociologist, Davis’ research interests include the relations between urbanization and national development, comparative urban governance, sociospatial practice in conflict cities, urban violence, and new territorial manifestations of sovereignty.