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Jennifer Tucker

  • Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning Program

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Education

  • PhD, City & Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley Designated Emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies
  • MPP, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Research

  • Economic Justice
  • Social Movements
  • The social production of space
  • Latin America
  • Critical Poverty Studies

Jennifer Tucker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community & Regional Planning.

As a critical planning scholar, Jennifer’s research is inspired by movements for social justice in unequal cities. Concerned with claims to livelihood and belonging, Jennifer studies urban work, collective action and the politics of development. Her current book project analyzes the relationships between urban development and outlaw capital in the Paraguay-Brazil borderlands. Proficient in Spanish and Guaraní – the mother tongue of most Paraguayans – Jennifer conducts research in both languages. In addition to prior work as a community organizer and development practitioner in the US, Paraguay and Peru, she draws from a long history of activism for environmental, economic and racial justice.

 

Peer Reviewed Articles

“Affect and the dialectic of uncertainty: Governing a frontier city,” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 35(4), 2017

“City-stories: Narrative as diagnostic and strategic resource in planning practice in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.” Planning Theory, 16(1), 2017

Papers Presented & Panels Organized

“Affective governance: Scales of political authority in a Paraguayan frontier town,” invited presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 5–9, Boston, Massachusetts, 2017

“Deal-making and urban rights: A contingent politics of hope in a Paraguayan frontier town,” invited presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 5–9, Boston, Massachusetts, 2017

“Deal-making, livelihood and urban rights,” invited presentation for the Ten Years of Global Metropolitan Studies Symposium, 3-4 April, University of California, Berkeley, California, 2017

“Outside the wage: Spaces, politics, possibilities,” panel organizer, American Association of Geographers. March 29 - April 2, San Francisco, California, 2016

“Cities of Hope? Urban Organizing in a Global and Precarious World,” organizer and presenter for a Planning Theory Roundtable, Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, November 2 – 6, Portland, Oregon, 2016

“Livelihood outside the law: Street vendor politics and urban rights,” invited presentation the Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, November 2 – 6, Portland, Oregon, 2016

 “Contraband city: Geographies of extralegal work and life in Paraguay’s frontier economy,” exit talk for the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, May 13, Berkeley, California, 2016

“Livelihood outside the law: Street vendor politics & everyday planning practice in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay,” public lecture hosted by the Community & Regional Planning Program, University of New Mexico, February 4, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2016

“Storytelling & planning,” panel organizer, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October 22 – 25, Huston, Texas, 2015

“City-stories: Narrative as diagnostic of power in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay,” invited presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October 22 – 25, Houston, Texas, 2015

“Rethinking urban governance: Making theory from ordinary cities,” Latin American Studies Association Congress, May 27 – 30, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2015

“Clientelism, the ‘urban poor,’ and street vendor politics in Paraguay,” invited presentation for the Relational Poverty Network Annual Meeting, October 27, Seattle, Washington, 2014

“Critical geographies of corruption and the emotional politics of clientelism,” presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 8 – 12, Tampa, Florida, 2014

“Urban informality in an economy of circulation,” invited presentation for Metropolis Nonformal: Anticipation, Launching Conference of the UN-Habitat Hub on Informal Urbanism, November 20 – 23, Munich, Germany, 2013

“Frontiers of the formal in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay,” presentation for the Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, April 9 – 13, Los Angeles, California, 2013

“State informality in Paraguay’s frontier economy,” invited presentation for the Global Ethnographies Workshop, May 10, Stanford, California, 2012


Member, Challenging Racial Privilege through Pedagogy Community of Practice, Center for Teaching Excellence, UNM

Member, Sanctuary Campus Working Group, UNM

Facilitator, Waking Up to Whiteness: A Course in Unlearning Racism, Albuquerque Insight Meditation Center

Appointed Advisory Committee Member, Domestic Workers Employers Research Project (A project of the UCLA Labor Center, the Workers Institute at Cornell and the California Domestic Workers Coalition)


Fulbright Fellow

International Dissertation Research Fellow, Social Science Research Council

Commencement Speaker, College of Environmental Design Commencement, UC Berkeley

Human Rights Fellow, UC Berkeley Human Rights Center (with the Centro de Documentación y Estudio, Asunción, Paraguay)

Affiliated Researcher, El Centro de Análisis y Difusión de la Economía Paraguay (CADEP), Asunción, Paraguay

Chancellor's Public Fellow, American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program, UC Berkeley