Professor and Chair
Ph.D. Environment-Behavior Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.C.P. City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Laxmi Ramasubramanian, an architect and a certified urban planner, joins the faculty of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning as the new Department Chair. Dr. Ramasubramanian holds a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in Environment-Behavior Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in addition to degrees in architecture from her home country, India. She comes with a wealth of research, teaching, and administrative experience gained through working at universities in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Dr. Ramasubramanian served as the Deputy Director of the Institute for Sustainable Cities and Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at Hunter College in New York.
Dr. Ramasubramanian is the author of two books, Geographic Information Science and Public Participation and Essential Methods for Planning Practitioners: Skills and Techniques for Data Analysis, Visualization, and Communication and numerous peer-reviewed book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings. She received the 2019 Dale Scholar Prize in recognition of her research that links theory with practice. As a scholar and educator, Dr. Ramasubramanian is committed to preparing thoughtful and engaged planning practitioners who can work collaboratively to address critical technical and societal challenges while simultaneously addressing issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In her current research funded by the National Science Foundation, she is working with educators and practitioners to empower academic women in the geospatial sciences.