Diana Ramirez-Jasso selected as 2014 Emerging Scholar

BAC Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of Liberal Studies Honored by Diverse Magazine

Diana Ramirez-Jasso

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Dr. Diana Ramirez-Jasso, BAC Dean of Graduate Studies and Faculty Member in the History and Theory of Design, was recognized as a 2014 "Emerging Scholar" by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine.

Diana is featured in the magazine's January 2, 2014 edition as one of 12 "under 40" scholars from around the country who are making their mark in the academy through teaching, research and service. These outstanding scholars serve as an inspiration to both students and colleagues.

"After joining the BAC as its director of Liberal Studies, Diana has created not only an imaginative, highly attractive, well delivered, accommodating, student-centered and high-minded set of courses, but she has succeeded in raising the level of the academic discourse in the College as a whole," said Julia Halevy, BAC provost and academic vice president. "Armed with the likes of Derrida and Foucault, among others, she has regarded the connection between thinking and design thinking as intricately interwoven, and, quite fearlessly, she has insisted on holding students and colleagues alike to higher intellectual standards than had been the norm."

Diana received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the History and Theory of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning from Harvard University in 2012. She also holds a Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning from Harvard University (2006), a Master of Science in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from MIT (2002), and a professional degree in architecture with honors from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico (1997). She has received numerous recognitions and awards, including research fellowships from the Harvard Graduate Society and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard, a Merit Citation for the Carter Manny Award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, a Special Merit Recognition Award and a Thesis Prize from MIT, and a Fulbright fellowship. Before joining the BAC, Diana taught in the architecture departments at the ITESO in Mexico, MIT, and Harvard.

"Diana is an accomplished scholar, and we are delighted and inspired by her presence," said Julia Halevy. "In addition to directing liberal studies, Diana also directs all the architectural history courses and, while completing her dissertation, Imagining the Garden: Childhood, Landscape and Architecture in Early Pedagogy, 1761–1850, she demonstrated a clear capacity both to understand the challenges of managing a family and an intense academic workload, as many of our students must do, and to maintain a balanced, cheerful, clear and highly thoughtful presence in the College."

Diverse first published its "Emerging Scholars" edition, an annual edition recognizing rising stars in the academy, in 2002. It has remained one of the magazine's most popular editions since its inception. Diverse editors select honorees from a pool of candidates recommended by various scholars, department chairs, university public information officers, and others.

Each scholar is selected based on research, educational background, publishing record, teaching record, competitiveness of field of study, and uniqueness of field of study. The complete list of "Emerging Scholars" for 2014 includes:

  • Dr. Jillian Lucas Baker, Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Program, La Salle University
  • Dr. William J. Bauer, Jr., Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Dr. Bridgette Brawner, Assistant Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Dr. Dennis Britton, Associate Professor of English, University of New Hampshire
  • Dr. T. Elon Dancy II, Associate Professor of Adult and Higher Education, University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. Soribel Genao, Assistant Professor, Educational & Community Programs, Queens College
  • Dr. Eduardo Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • D. Wendy Greene, Professor of Law, Samford University
  • Dr. Anna Dina L. Joaquin, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and TESL, California State University, Northridge
  • Dr. Julia Sun-Joo Lee, Assistant Professor of English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Dr. Felecia McInnis Nave, Associate Provost & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, Prairie View A&M University
  • Dr. Diana Ramirez-Jasso, Dean of Graduate Studies and Faculty Member in the History and Theory of Design, The Boston Architectural College