Joanna received her Ph.D. in Transportation from MIT in 2019. Her work with the JTL: Urban Mobility Lab uses econometrics and psychometrics, paired with structural equation modeling, to explore the interactions among policies, attitudes, and individual travel behavior. Her dissertation research focused on how car pride -- the attribution of social status and personal image to owning and using a car -- impacts car consumption among individuals in U.S. cities and across countries around the world. This research has been supported in part by the Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship (2017).Other research projects explore how attitudes towards ridehailing services and autonomous vehicles may shape future mobility choices in cities. As a research assistant, Joanna managed two JTL projects within the MIT Energy Initiative Mobility of the Future consortium: (1) mobility culture in urban centers around the globe and (2) mobility management instruments in China.
Joanna completed her Masters of Science in Transportation degree at MIT in 2016 as a member of the Regional Transportation and High Speed Rail Group. There she served as the senior graduate researcher on a three-year collaborative research project with East Japan Railway, focused on understanding high-speed rail projects as complex socio-technical systems, with a particular interest in how the technology and infrastructure interface with governing and managing institutions and users. Her masters thesis, entitled "Development of a Predictive Coalition Building Analysis for Stakeholders of Sociotechnical Systems" was awareded the Council for University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Charley V. Wootan Memorial Award for outstanding Masters Thesis in Planning and Policy (2016). While at MIT, she has received a USDOT University Transportation Center Fellowship (2014) and Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships (2015, 2016) from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Joanna holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, Physics, and Japanese from Bates College.
Research Projects: MIT Energy Initiative