Sonia Hirt works as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Urban Affairs and Planning Program at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va, USA. She holds a Ph.D. degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan, , Ann Arbor, Mich, USA. She recently serves as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, where she taught Urbanism in Europe. Hirt is the author of Iron Curtains: Gates, Suburbs and Privatization of Space in the Post-socialist City (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) and Twenty Years of Transition: The Evolution of Urban Planning in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, 1989–2009 (UN HABITAT, 2009, with Kiril Stanilov). She is the editor of The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs (Routledge, 2012, with Diane Zahm) and of “Planning and markets in conditions of systemic transformation: finding a balance” (Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 2013, with Alexander Slaev and Jerome Anderson). In addition to Urban Studies Research, Hirt serves on the editorial board of Urban Design International, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research and of Review of European Studies. Her research has been funded by organizations such as the National Endowment of the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme.
Biography Updated on 2 November 2012