Yonah Freemark

Education, Teaching, Grants


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge MA | 2016-Present

  • PhD candidate in City Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Edward H. Linde (1962) Presidential Fellow
  • Passed comprehensive exams in two fields: City Design and Development, and Politics and Planning of Metropolitan Infrastructure
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, Harvard Center for European Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge MA | 2010-2013

  • Master of Science in Transportation (MST), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Master of City Planning (MCP), Department of Urban Studies and Planning
  • Winner of the Flora Crockett Stephenson Writing Prize from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning upon graduation.

Yale University
New Haven CT | 2004-2008

  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, with Distinction

Hillside High School
Durham NC | 2000-2004

  • Valedictorian, National Merit Scholar, International Baccalaureate Diploma


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge MA | 2017-

  • Winner: Excellence in Teaching by a Teaching Assistant, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Student Council, 2018.
  • 11.201: Gateway: Planning Action (Fall 2017)
    • Teaching Assistant, under Professor Jason Jackson.
    • Led weekly recitations, which included lectures and discussions. Graded student work.
    • Download student evaluations.
  • 11.THG: Thesis Prep (Spring 2018)
    • Teaching Assistant, under Professor Bish Sanyal.
    • Provided individual assistance to students developing their master’s thesis proposals.
    • Download student evaluations.

Roosevelt University
Chicago IL | 2013-2014

Grants and Fellowships

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Edward H. Linde (1962) Presidential Fellow, 2016-2020
  • MIT International Policy Lab, 2018 (with Professor Jinhua Zhao)
    • Engagement with municipalities on preparations and regulations related to autonomous vehicles.
  • William Emerson Travel Grant, 2017
    • Archival research examining the history of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1962, at the New York City Public Library and the Rutgers University Archives.
  • William Emerson Travel Grant, 2012
    • Archival research examining the history of New York’s Urban Development Corporation, at the Yale University Library and the University at Buffalo.
  • William Emerson Travel Grant, 2011
    • Archival research examining New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, at the Rockefeller Archive Center and the New York City Archives.

Yale University

  • Gordon Grand Fellowship, 2008-2010
    • Post-graduate interview-based research studying housing development and community response in Paris.
  • Mellon Fellowship, 2008
    • Archival research on New York City housing, specifically on the history of Roosevelt Island.
  • David W. Baer Fellowship, 2007
    • Site-based research examining the modernist architecture movement in France.
  • Leitner Research Grant, 2006
    • Interview-based research studying decisions made about transit system construction in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Research Assistantships

Working with Professor Jinhua Zhao on projects related to self-driving vehicles and shared vehicle use (2016-present).

Worked with Professor Lawrence Vale on American public housing history (2010-2013). Aided in the research for Professor Vale’s book Purging the Poorest.

Worked with Professors John Attanucci and Nigel Wilson on London’s Underground (2011-2013).

  • Peer reviewer, International Journal of Housing Policy, Journal of Urban History, Transportation Research Board, 2015-present
  • Member of Student Advisory Team, MIT Urban Mobility Lab, 2017-present
  • Member of Kevin Lynch Award Selection Jury, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 2018
  • Member of PhD committee, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, 2017