Sebastian Schmidt, Ph.D.
Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Rice University Academy of Fellows, 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 relationship between war, race, and urbanism in Germany, Japan, and the United States since World War II. My work brings together critical theory and historiography in the analysis of urban social issues in a global world.

Outside of pursuing my research, my professional interests include organizational leadership, coaching and mentoring, change management, and operations management. I am a trained mediator, and excel at communication and public speaking.

I have significant experience in institutional leadership, and have worked in residential life and student citizenship, currently serving as a Faculty Associate at Will Rice College. During my time at MIT, I spent six years mentoring undergraduate students as a Resident Tutor in Maseeh Hall, the Institute’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 “in recognition of excellent achievements in citizenship and devotion to the welfare of MIT.”