Kush Patel

Kush Patel

PAGE Co-Director

Kush Patel is the Assistant Director of Academic Programming at the Institute for the Humanities, a Research Fellow with the Humanities Collaboratory, and a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Institute and the Collaboratory, Kush was a graduate student Public Humanities Fellow with Rackham’s Arts of Citizenship program, an Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow with LSA’s Center for Engaged Academic Learning, and was most recently a Mellon Public Humanities Summer Fellow at the U-M Detroit Center. In each of these academic-administrative roles, Kush has extended his education in architecture and the humanities to develop and enrich program initiatives along place-based, dialogical, and participatory lines, as well hone the professional capacities of graduate and undergraduate students in community-engaged research, critique, and pedagogy. As PAGE Co-director, Kush is committed to supporting peer-led endeavors at the national level to examine and make visible the relationships between knowledge and power specific to the communities in which we work, as well as developing and implementing a care-based programmatic vision that brings the critical, creative, and intersectional work of the fellows and their community partners into being. Kush holds professional degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from South Gujarat University, Surat, India and CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India, as well as a doctorate in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His Ph.D. research focused on issues of participatory politics and the social production of space in the radical French architectural works of the “post-68” period.