Public Engagement

Students Faculty Staff

Earth Week Lunch and Learn with Mia White: Rebellion and a Spatial Theory of Love

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Tishman Environment and Design Center, Room 1604 79 5th Avenue

All New School students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us for lunch and meet Assistant Professor Mia Charlene White.

Mia Charlene White is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the Environmental Studies Program at The New School for Public Engagement, with a co-teaching appointment at the Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. She is a faculty-affiliate of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, as well as with the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies. She has a bachelors degree in Anthropology and Political Science from the State University of NY at Stonybrook, a Master of International Affairs (Environmental Policy) from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a Ph.D in Urban Studies and Planning (Housing and Environment) from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Given the diversity of her training, Mia's work is interdisciplinary and she situates herself among radical geographers (race geography) and applied anthropologists, planning/urban theorists (fugitive planning), radical sociologists/historians and those others seeking to link social science concepts of space and race, to the humanities via art and protest.

In her research and teaching, Mia theorizes "space" and "environment" through critical race concepts, seeing race as a series of historical and spatial projects. Critical race theories and black geographical concepts permeate her outlook. She is currently working on her first book manuscript titled Race, Space, and the Wake-Work of our Undercommons —an ethnographic and photographic exploration of socio-spatial resistance and everyday revolution in Brown and Black spaces, towards what she hopes to suggest as a "Theory of Love."

Mia has been featured in HarpersGlamourAlterNet and HuffPost. She has also been honored as a Ford Foundation Minority Fellow and a National Science Foundation Fellow;  her published work has been awarded the Marsha Ritzdorf Prize for the Best Student Work on Diversity, Social Justice and the Role of Women in Planning by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning.

Sponsored by the Tishman Environment and Design Center.

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


Students, Faculty, Staff


Tishman Environment and Design Center


Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change


Economics, Environmental Studies, Urban Design, Development and Policy, Social Justice, Climate Change


This event is free and open to all students, faculty, and staff at The New School



Recent Activity

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.