Jana’s recent publications include "Picturing Modernity: Race, Labor, and Landscape in the American South," which traces the ways in which black labor served to reinforce racialized landscape production in Georgia; “Agricultural Urbanism in Detroit,” which examines the changing meaning of urbanism in the after city; and “Citing Sites,” an essay exploring the parallel construction of the biographical narrative and the life histories of cities. Jana’s urban design work builds upon these themes by integrating scholarship and practice to produce innovative and lively urban spaces, such as the St. Joseph Rebuild Center, a disaster recovery center in New Orleans that was awarded a 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence and the 2009 NCARB Prize for the Creative Integration of Practice and Education. Jana recently began developing small digital projects exploring the potentials and possibilities of data humanism and how humanistic research in architecture can further technological initiatives.
Jana is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan, and Postdoctoral Scholar at the Michigan Society of Fellows. She holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism from Harvard University, an M.Arch. from the University of Detroit Mercy, and was the 2011 Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Additionally, Jana has served as the Editorial Director for Positions: On Modern Architecture + Urbanism / Histories + Theories and was a Design + Research Fellow at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, where she designed and managed building projects for low-income communities.