Introduction

Diane E. Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design 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. 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.