Harlan came to MIT in 2005, having taught research, rhetoric, literature, and interdisciplinary courses around the globe. As a faculty member at The American University in Cairo in the 1990’s, he helped establish the writing across the curriculum initiative and implement faculty training programs. Outside of the “academy,” he’s developed and led a number of dynamic, non-traditional educational projects, including a Poets & Writers Inc. funded creative writing as therapy program for a New York substance abuse center and an ESL program for an African refugee center in Egypt. Beyond the classroom, Harlan has worked as a rare books dealer, process server, domestic violence shelter manager, fiction editor, and NYC taxi driver. He brings all of these experiences to MIT where he helps students develop the kind of communications fluency they’ll need to develop into top-notch scientists and engineers.
Departments taught in include, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Management, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering.