Shawhin studies political engagement in the design professions. He uses historical and sociological methods to investigate dissent, activism, and advocacy in architecture, city planning, urban design, and civil and environmental engineering--as the fields responsible for designing, planning, and constructing the built environment. Shawhin is concerned with ways designers gain political and professional power to engage issues of social justice. He is drawn to qualitative methods of tracking cultures of activism locally and transnationally.
design professions, politicization, transnational activism, dissent, institutional culture, Iran, political engagement, history of design, social movement and organization theory