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Academic Dean

Daphne Spain

University of Virginia

Daphne Spain is James M. Page Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts. Professor Spain’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of gender and space from the scale of the building to the city in the U.S. and in other countries. Her previous books on this topic include Gendered Spaces (UNC Press, 1992) and How Women Saved the City (University of Minnesota Press, 2001). Her newest book, Constructive Feminism: Building Women’s Rights into the City (Cornell University Press, forthcoming), examines the ways Second Wave feminists established women’s centers, bookstores, clinics, and domestic violence shelters to declare women’s rights to the city. She has published extensively in professional journals in the fields of urban planning, sociology, and gender studies. Professor Spain is the recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship for 2013-2015, the University of Virginia’s highest teaching award. She has traveled to China, Qatar, the Netherlands, Greece, and Finland.