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James Macmillen

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James Macmillen is an assistant professor of urban planning, and a postdoctoral scholar with the Michigan Society of Fellows. His research draws on cultural anthropology and science and technology studies to understand how urban planners engage with temporality in their work, especially how they imagine urban futures, and how their personal hopes and expectations influence their craft. His ethnographic research focuses on Detroit, exploring how the city’s planners engage with the future and the past in a context of profound loss and change. Before coming to the United States, James was a research fellow at the University of Oxford, working with EU partners to shape European Commission transportation policy. He holds a B.A. and M.Phil. in Geography from the University of Southampton, England, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, where his studies were supported by a US-UK Fulbright Scholarship.