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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

  • Feminist Geography
  • Critical Poverty Studies
  • Latin America Studies
  • Global Urban Studies
  • Ethnography

Jennifer Tucker is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program. Questions of urban justice in unequal cities motivate Jennifer’s research, teaching and activism. As a critical planning scholar, Jennifer uses feminist ethnography to study urban work, collective action and the politics of development. Her current book project examines the governance of the largest extra legal border economy on the continent – and the city that enables it – in the Tri-border region of South America where Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina meet. In addition to prior work as a community organizer and development practitioner in the US, Paraguay and Peru, Jennifer draws from a long history of activism for environmental, labor and racial justice. Proficient in Spanish and Guaraní – the mother tongue of most Paraguayans – Jennifer conducts research in both languages.

Jennifer has a PhD in City & Regional Planning and master’s degrees in International & Area Studies and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is published in Planning Theory, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, The Association of European Schools of Planning Booklet Series B: Conversations with Planning Theorists and AmeriQuests. The Fulbright Council, the Social Science Research Council, and the Berkeley Center for Race and Gender have funded Jennifer’s extended fieldwork.

 

Policing & Planning: Race, Security & the Global City

Place, Power & Difference: The Cultural Aspects of Community Development

Foundations of Community Development

Latin American Development Planning


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