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Assistant Professor of Race, Social Justice, and the Built Environment

College of Social Sciences and Humanities, College of Arts, Media and Design

Lily Song is an Assistant Professor of Race and Social Justice in the Built Environment at Northeastern University. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of California— Los Angeles, and BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.

Song’s research interests lie at the nexus of race, class, and gender politics of space; infrastructure-based mobilizations and experiments; and reparative planning and design in American cities and other decolonizing contexts.

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Song was a Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she was Founding Coordinator of Harvard CoDesign.

From 2013-2015, Song was a Provost Fellow at University College London, where her postdoc research informed urban infrastructure planning and governance with “informality” in the decolonizing, multiethnic, climate vulnerable Indonesian context.

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  • Two-time winner of Urban Planning & Design Faculty Award, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Student Forum, 2017-2018 & 2018-2019
  • Nomination for AESOP Best Published Paper Prize (2017), Planning Theory and Practice
  • University College London Provost Fellow, 2013-2015
  • Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations Beyster Graduate Fellow, 2011-2012
  • MIT Martin Family Society Fellow for Urban Sustainability, 2010-2011

Lily’s Colleagues

Max Abrahms

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Amílcar Antonio Barreto

Professor & Chair, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Professor & Interim Director, International Affairs; Professor, Political Science; Affiliated faculty member of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies; Affiliated faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Barry Bluestone

Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor Emeritus of Political Economy; Founding Director of the Dukakis Center; Founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Christopher Bosso

Professor of Public Policy

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Alan Clayton-Matthews

Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy

William Dickens

University Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Joan Fitzgerald

Joan Fitzgerald

Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Stephen E. Flynn

Professor of Political Science; Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute

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James Alan Fox

Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

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Brian Helmuth

Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy

Timothy Hoff

Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Public Policy

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William Kay

Associate Professor of Political Science

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David Lazer

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences, Co-Director of NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks

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Dietmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Art + Design

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Kwamina Panford

Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies