Sebastian Schmidt, Ph.D.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a postdoctoral fellow in Architecture and the Humanities at Rice University, affiliated with the Humanities Research Center, the School of Architecture, and the Department of Art History. I am a graduate of the PhD program in the History, Theory & Criticism of Architecture and Art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was previously a Fellow (2016-17) at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University. I have a background in cultural studies, and study the history of cities, architecture, and art of the 20th century from a global perspective, with a particular interest in Germany, Japan, and the United States. My work brings together critical theory and historiography in the analysis of urban social issues in a global world.

Outside of pursuing my research, I was involved in residential life and student citizenship at MIT. For six years, I was mentoring undergraduate students as a Resident Tutor in Maseeh Hall, MIT’s largest undergraduate dormitory, and I served on various committees and working groups. In May 2016, I was awarded the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, MIT’s highest award given to a student in recognition of excellent achievements in citizenship and devotion to the welfare of MIT.