Faculty Profile

Zoe Hamstead.

Zoé Hamstead

Assistant Professor
Architecture and Planning


  • PhD, Urban and Public Policy, The New School, 2016
  • Master's, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2008
  • BA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College, 2003

Professional experience:

  • Local Government Planning Consultant, Urban Planning, Clarion Associate

What mentoring means to me:

Throughout my education and career, I have benefited immensely from mentors who used their personal life experiences to inform my own. To me, mentorship involves active listening, positive and empowering feedback, dialogue that enables the mentee to clarify their challenges and goals, and working together to create structured and manageable strategies toward specific goals.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.