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Joni Palmer

  • Visiting Assistant Professor



  • PhD, Geography (urban, cultural, feminist, geo-visualizations) University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design


  • Arts and Cultural Planning
  • Landscape Studies
  • Public Arts and Placemaking
  • Reading and Writing Landscapes | Fieldbooks
  • Vernacular Creativities

Joni M Palmer, PhD, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Community & Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico.  For over 25 years her professional life has been a blend of practice and academia.  She has worked with design and planning firms in Boston, Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco, and has taught in a variety of disciplinary programs across the U.S.  As an urban and cultural geographer, she conducts research/work in the realms of landscape studies, public arts, cultural planning, and reading and writing landscapes | fieldbooks.


CRP 181: Introduction to Environmental Problems aka: Environmental Issues in a Changing World (face-to-face + online)

CRP 376: Human Settlements (Spring 2018)

CRP Capstone Studio (Spring 2018)

GEOG 140: World Regional Geography

GEOG 445: Geography of the Southwest and New Mexico

Most Recent

White Paper: “Beyond Accumulation? Planning for Public Art,” Commissioned by Americans for the Arts, Fall 2017


Public Art Encounters: Art, Space and Identity , co-edited with Dr. M. Martin Zebracki, Routledge, October 2017

“The Resonance of Public Art: Thoughts on the Notion of Co-producing Public Art,” for special issue in City & Society, Spring 2018

Work-in-Progress: PlaceMaking & Public Arts, an edited volume with Dr. Laurent Vernet. Introduction, with Dr. Laurent Vernet

Board of Editors, Case Studies in the Environment

Board of Trustees, Albuquerque Museum

Upcoming Lectures

“Discovering Place Through Fieldbooks,” University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Dept. of Geography & Environmental Studies, Class: (GES 4170) Discovering Place, Professor Tom Huber and Carole Huber, Senior Instructor, September 2017

”Cultural Planning in Small Cities and Rural Communities,” Class: (LAEP 6740) Planning Theory and Implementation Issues, Caroline Lavoie, Associate Professor, October 2017

Colloquium Speaker, “Cultural Planning as Activism and Placemaking in Small Cities and Rural Communities,” Dept. of Geography & Environmental Studies, New Mexico State University, 15 November 2017