Prof. Ceasar L McDowell

Professor of the Practice of Community Development
Associate Head, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP)

Primary DLC

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

MIT Room: 9-422


Heather Pierce

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Dispute Resolution
Mediation and Participatory Planning
Social, Inclusion
Diversity Planning

Research Summary

McDowell is an expert in designing public conversations and leads We Who Engage MIT, a group focusing on the increasing complexity of the American public and the implications for cities and democracy. The group recently issued a report, “The Civic Design Framework: Principles for public conversations during a time of crisis,” detailing recommended methods for organizations seeking effective public dialogue.

Professor McDowell is a Founding Board member of The Algebra Project. The Algebra Project uses mathematics literacy as an organizing tool to guarantee quality public school education for all children in the United States of America.

Recent Work