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    We are a multidisciplinary group of professors, researchers, and students who focus on design, teaching, and research activities intended to enhance and accelerate processes of social innovation and sustainable practices.

    Principal Faculty

    Eduardo Staszowski, PhD, Director, Parsons DESIS Lab
    Assistant Professor of Design Strategies
    Parsons The New School for Design

    Lara Penin, PhD, Co-founder, Parsons DESIS Lab
    Assistant Professor of Transdisciplinary Design
    Parsons The New School for Design

    Nidhi Srinivas, PhD, Co-founder, Parsons DESIS Lab
    Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management
    The New School for Public Engagement

    Affiliated Faculty

    Parsons The New School for Design

    Patricia Beirne, Assistant Professor of Transdisciplinary Design
    Nadia Elrokhsy, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design
    Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design and Sustainability 
    Jilly Traganou, Associate Professor in Spatial Design Studies
    Elliott Montgomery, Adjunct Faculty Member, School of Design Strategies
    Kakee Scott, Adjunct Faculty Member, School of Design Strategies
    Ben Winter, Adjunct Faculty Member, School of Design Strategies

    The New School for Social Research

    Federico Finchelstein, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Janey Program in Latin American Studies
    Victoria Hattam, Professor of Politics and Chair of the Department of Political Science
    Vyjayanthi Rao, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    The New School for Public Engagement

    Nevin Cohen, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Co-chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center
    John Clinton, Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program
    Michele Kahane, Professor of Professional Practice

    Research and Teaching Assistants

    2014–2015

    Scott Brown, PhD Candidate in Anthropology
    Alix Gerber, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Andrew Moon, MA Student in Anthropology
    Ron Morrison, MS Student in Design and Urban Ecologies
    Mollie West, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design

    2013–2014

    Elizabeth Blasi, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Scott Brown, PhD Student in Anthropology
    Min Chung, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Christopher Taylor Edwards, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Taylor Kuhn, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Jonathan Lapalme, MS Student in Design and Urban Ecologies
    Chen-Yu Lo, MA Student in Design Studies
    Andrew Moon, MA Student in Anthropology
    Joel Stein, MS Student in Design and Urban Ecologies
    Lauren Wong, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Lillian Shi Tong, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design

    2012–2013

    Scott Brown, PhD Student in Anthropology
    Aaron Cansler, MFA Student Design in Transdisciplinary Design
    Danielle Christophe, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Clarisa Diaz, MFA Student in Design and Technology 

    2011–2012

    Clarisa Diaz, MFA Student in Design and Technology
    Matthew Willse, MFA Student in Design and Technology

    2010–2011

    Jacqueline Cooksey, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Mai Kobori, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design
    Rachel Lehrer, MFA Student in Transdisciplinary Design

    2009–2010

    Savitri Lopez-Negrete, BFA in Integrated Design
    Kelli Jordan, BS Student in Environmental Studies
    Miki Aso, BS Student in Environmental Studies

    Visiting Scholars

    2014

    Christian Bason, Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
    Essi Kuure, University of Lapland (Finland)
    Maria Hellström-Reimer, Malmö University (Sweden)
    Qi Luo, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
    Antonio Iadarola, Second University of Naples (Italy)

    2013

    Juha Kronqvist, Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture (Finland)
    Daniella Seloni, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
    Gabriela Varanda, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2012

    Ezio Manzini, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
    Harriet Harriss, Oxford Brookes University (United Kingdom)

    2011

    Daria Cantù, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

    2010

    Anna Meroni, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
    Roman Aebersold, Hochschule Luzern—Design & Kunst (Switzerland)

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