Huma Gupta

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Huma Gupta 
MIT MCP
Graduation 2019

Huma Gupta is a fourth year PhD candidate in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “Informal Settlements and the Formation of Modern Iraq.” She previously graduated from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies with a Master’s in City Planning in 2011 and has a BA in Middle Eastern History from the University of Cincinnati. Her research interests lie in twentieth century urban planning practices and development discourses in the Middle East and Central Asia, specifically Baghdad, Damascus and Kabul. From 2011 to 2013, Huma worked in Afghanistan for Integrity Watch Afghanistan on training communities in seven provinces to monitor small infrastructure projects. Huma worked in Damascus for the Syrian Ministry of Local Administration & Environment in 2008. Her publications include, “Home Sweet Home: Housing Practices and Tools that Support Durable Solutions for Urban IDPs,” www.internal-displacement.org (2015), “Community-Based Monitoring Toolkit,” www.communitymonitoring.org (2013), and “Sex and Age Matter: Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies” (2011).