Huma Gupta 

Huma is currently a doctoral candidate at MIT’s History, Theory & Criticism department. She previously graduated from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies with a Master’s in City Planning in 2011. From 2011 to 2013, Huma was working in Afghanistan for Integrity Watch Afghanistan on training communities in seven Afghan provinces to monitor small infrastructure projects. You can learn more about her work at Her research interests lie in twentieth century urban planning history and practices in Asia. Her thematic interests are in political accountability in post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction, applying a human rights framework to displaced persons and mid-twentieth century discourses of international development. Huma has previously worked in Damascus for the Syrian Ministry of Local Administration and Environment. Her publications include, “Home Sweet Home: Housing Practices and Tools that Support Durable Solutions for Urban IDPs,” (2015), “Community-Based Monitoring Toolkit,” (2013), and Sex and Age Matter: Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies”  (2011).