About Me



Sophonie Milande Joseph is a Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York City.

Her current research agenda centers on environmental justice, transnational planning and intersectional feminism. Her doctoral research is focused on the diffusion of traveling planning ideas in Haiti with an intersectional feminism lens.

For two-years, she lived and worked in rural and urban Haiti as she completed ethnographic and mixed-method, field research data collection. Her Urbanisme in Ayiti research analyzes the international aid system’s influence on decentralization planning since the 1987 constitution; the political economy of race; and rural infrastructure planning in small island developing states (SIDs) and least developed countries (LDCs).

Such extensive field research informs her co-authored, article: “Trust and Hometown Associations in Haitian Post-Earthquake Reconstruction,” previously published in the peer-reviewed Journal of International Migration. She also continues to use her Gender Specialist and applied research skills to co-write articles such as “Haitian Women’s Experiences of Recovery from Hurricane Matthew” for the Brazilian Igarapé Institute.

She has over 10 years’ experience as an applied researcher with a focus on community development; diaspora’s collective remittances; and environmental justice. A proven ability to evaluate, aggregate, and synthesize data and information about programs and policies while identifying areas in need of improvement. Sophonie is proactive, flexible and a self-reliant individual with superior writing and editing skills. Possessing an in-depth understanding of public policy needs in the areas of environmental justice and diversity in higher education. Extensive experience preparing reports in tabular, graphic, or narrative formats, and presenting information at conferences and in public forums. Knowledge of best practices, processes, and operations.

My objective in all my professional endeavors is to provide Scholarship in Service to Society.

“Foucault is a Footnote!” – Anonymous

“And they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens…’ – Genesis 11:4a

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