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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
  • MA, International + Area Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Research

  • Economic Justice
  • Social Movements
  • The social production of space
  • Critical Poverty Studies
  • Anti-Racist pedagogy

Jennifer Tucker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community & Regional Planning, serving as affiliated faculty in the Department of Geography and the Latin American & Iberian Institute.

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 uses feminist ethnography to study 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

“Uncertainty and the governance of street vending: A critical comparison across the North/South divide,” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, with Ryan Devlin, accepted pending revisions. 

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. Spanish Translation.

Works in Preparation

Book Manuscript: “Contraband City: Outlaw Capital and Urban Life in the Paraguay-Brazil Borderlands”

Selected Presentations

“Urbanism and Frontier Economies: New Perspectives on Globalization from Ciudad del Este (Lecture in Spanish: Urbanismo y Economía Fronteriza: Nuevas Perspectivas sobre la Globalización desde Ciudad del Este),” the School of Architecture, Design & Art at the National University of Asunción, June 28, Asunción, Paraguay, 2018. 

“The Urban Question in Paraguay (Lecture in Spanish: La Cuestión Urbana en Paraguay),” 11th Conference of Paraguay from the Social Sciences, School of Science, Technology and Art at the National University at Pilar, June 7-9 Pilar, Paraguay, 2018.

“The Right to the City & Urban Ethnography (Lecture in Spanish: El Derecho a la Ciudad y la Etnografía Urbana),” Catholic University, June 16, Asunción, Paraguay, 2018.

“Work Outside the Wage: Seeing Politics and Possibilities with Critical Comparison,” Annual Meeting of the American of Associations of Geographers, April 10-14, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2018.

“Pedagogies of Race & Racialization,” Annual Meeting of the American of Associations of Geographers, April 10-14, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2018

“Engaging Southern Theory: Challenging Hierarchies of Place & Knowledge,” Annual Meeting of the American of Associations of Geographers, April 10-14, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2018.

“Contraband City: Outlaw Capital & Urban Development in the Brazil-Paraguay Borderlands,” UNM Geography Department Colloquium, November 3, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2017.

“Uncertainty & the Management of Street Vending: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay & New York City,” with Ryan Devlin, Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October 12 – 15, Denver, Colorado, 2017.

“Organizing & Planning I: Labor & Work,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October 12 – 15, Denver, Colorado, 2017. 

“Organizing & Planning II: The Scholar’s Role in Social Movements,” Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October 12 – 15, Denver, Colorado, 2017. 

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

“Deal-making, livelihood and urban rights,” Global Metropolitan Studies Symposium, 3-4 April, University of California, Berkeley, California, 2017. 

“Sanctuary: A Rising Resistance Movement,” UNM Community & Regional Planning Teach Week, March 1, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2017. 

“Understanding ‘Trumpism’ through Racism and Whiteness,” UNM Community & Regional Planning Teach Week, February 28, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2017. 

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

“Cities of Hope? Urban Organizing in a Global and Precarious World,” 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,” 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,” Community & Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, February 4, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2016.

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

“City-stories: Narrative as diagnostic of power in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay,” 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,” Relational Poverty Network Annual Meeting, October 27, Seattle, Washington,  2014.

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

 


Member, Sanctuary Campus Working Group, UNM

Visiting Researcher, Research Group on Traditional & Popular Practices & Knowledges (A Paraguayan research consultancy, also known as Ary Ojasojavo)

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

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


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)

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