Christine HwangPh.D. Student in Urban Planning
Christine Hwang is interested in how identity and belief systems shape the formation of communities and the built environment. She is broadly interested in the role of religion in urban planning and design. Her dissertation focuses on the legacy of the French Catholic colonization in Detroit through the practice of parochial mapping. Her research asks how institutions created around singular identities plan for rapidly diversifying populations and investigates the historical role of religion in shaping cities assumed to be secular.
Prior to embarking on her Ph.D., Christine worked as an urban planner, designer, and researcher in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance and Living Design Lab. Additionally, she worked on projects in urban policy and theory at the Ash Center and the Urban Theory Lab at Harvard University. Christine completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and a Master in Urban Planning with a focus on history and theory at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.