Research Assistant
Tess is a current Master in City Planning candidate at MIT in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. At MIT, she is researching the use of history and historic buildings in large-scale urban developments and hopes to write her thesis on the topic. She enjoys reading critical cartographic and psychogeographic theory, and in her spare time makes maps in this tradition.

Before MIT, Tess worked at Pentagram Design as a project manager and strategist. She had the pleasure of working with the Brearley Communications, Admissions, and Development Departments on the new admissions and capital campaign materials in 2016 and 2017. In addition to working with Brearley, she oversaw the development of logos and other design assets for Yale University (her other alma mater), Mastercard, the American Museum of Natural History, the Poetry Foundation, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Central Park Conservancy.

Tess graduated with honors from Yale, where she holds a bachelor’s degree in history, with a specific focus on 19th Century German militarism. Her thesis was a historiographical biography of the German general Helmuth von Moltke, and included original translations of official German records that are held in the Yale libraries. In 2014, she won the Acheson Prize, Yale’s top award for written academic work for her essay, 'The Historiography of Postwar and Contemporary Histories of the Outbreak of World War I'. She continues to practice her German, though admittedly it’s a bit eingerostet.