Headshot of Aurash Khawarzad, smiling at the camera.

Aurash Khawarzad

Adjunct Lecturer


Educational Credentials :

  • PhD Student, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Geography), CUNY, 2021-present:
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Virginia Tech University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, Urban Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2005

Teaching Experience :

  • Adjunct Faculty, City University of New York, 2016-2023
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, 2017-2020
  • Adjunct Faculty, The New School, 2012-2017

Professional Experience :

  • Director of Policy and Strategy, Race Forward, 2017-2018
  • Policy Advocacy Coordinator, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, 2014-2017
  • Urban Planner, Project for Public Spaces, New York City, 2009-2013

Selected Publications and Recent Research :

  • Khawarzad, Aurash. “New York City Climate Change Displacement Map.” Home Page - RLS-NYC, September 2020.
  • Dawson, Ashley and Aurash Khawarzad. “Hot City: New York City Will Never Be the Same Again - And It Shouldn’t Be.”, August 20, 2020.
  • Dawson, Ashley, Aurash Khawarzad, and Yates McKee. “The People’s Climate Change Plan for New York City?”. The Center for the Humanities, March 2019.
  • Khawarzad, Aurash. “The Upper Manhatta(n) Project”. Self-published, 2018.

Professional Memberships :

  • American Association of Geographers