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Theodore S. Jojola

  • Regents + Distinguished Professor
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    • PostDoc, American Indian Studies Center, UCLA
    • Ph.D. in Political Science, East-West Center/University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii


    • Indigenous Planning
    • Indigenous Design
    • Data Sovereignty
    • Native American & Pueblo Studies
    • American Indian Stereotypes

    Theodore (Ted) Jojola, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program, School of Architecture + Planning, University of New Mexico (UNM).


    Currently he is the founder and Director of the Indigenous Design + Planning Institute.  iD+Pi works with tribal communities throughout the SW region as well as internationally by facilitating culturally informed approaches to community development.  More information on iD+Pi is available on its website:


    From 2008-2010, he was Visiting Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University where he was a member of the faculty of the School Geographic Sciences and Planning.  He was Director of Native American Studies at UNM from 1980-1996, and established the interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Native Studies.


    He is actively involved in major research projects on Indian education, Indigenous community development and architecture.  He is coeditor of two books—The Native American Philosophy of V.F. Cordova entitled How It Is (U. of Arizona Press, 2007) and Reclaiming Indigenous Planning (McGill-Queens University Press, 2013).  A third book is in the works, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture: Local Traditions, Global Winds (working title, UNM Press). In addition, he has published numerous articles and chapters on topics relating to indigenous design & planning, stereotyping and economic development.  He is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta.

    1985, Certificate in International Human Rights Law, University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France

    1984, PostDoc, American Indian Studies Center, UCLA

    1975-1982, Ph.D. in Political Science, East-West Center/University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

    1973-1975, Master of City Planning, Specialization in Environmental Design, M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    1969-1973, B.F.A in Architecture, Double Minor in Mathematics & Music, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

    Indigenous Planning Foundation

    iTown Capstone

    Planning for Native American Lands

    Human Settlements



    "Indigenous Planning: from Principles to Practice," Libby Porter, Hirini Matunga, Leela Viswanathan, Lyana Patrick, Ryan Walker, Leonie Sandercock, Dana Moraes, Jonathan Frantz, Michelle Thompson-Fawcett, Callum Riddle & Theodore (Ted) Jojola, 2017, Planning Theory & Practice, online first Nov. 15, 2017:

    Indigenous Planning: Replanting the Roots of Resistance, Ted Jojola and Michaela Shirley, The Handbook of Community Development, Perspectives from around the Globe, Rhonda Phillips, Sue Kenny, and Brian McGrath (edtrs), Routledge Press, 2017.

    The People are Beautiful Already: Indigenous Planning and Design, Design for the Other Exhibit monograph, Cooper-Hewitt Contemporary Museum of Design, Smithsonian, NY, Sept 2016.

    "UNM’s Indigenous Design and Planning Institute Forges its Role in Placemaking," Ted Jojola and Michaela Shirley, Green Fire Times, Aug 2016.

    Contemporary Indigenous Architecture: Local Traditions, Global Winds, editors Ted Jojola, Eleni Bastea, Lynn Paxton, UNM Press (forthcoming).

    Fitting a Square Peg in a Round Hole: The History of Tribal Land-Use Planning in the United States, Ted Jojola & Tim Imeokparia, Indigenous World of North America Series, Routledge Press, 2014.

    Reclaiming Indigenous Planning, editors Ryan Walker, Ted Jojola and David Natcher, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2013..

    Foreword, Models of Indigenous Development, Ian Skelton & Octavio Ixtacuy Lopez (edtrs), Common Ground Publishing, 2013.

    "Just Another Day in Raven’s Lifetime: IAIA as the Future of Education," chapter in Celebrating Difference: 15 years of Contemporary Native Arts at IAIA, Ryan Flahive, Editor,  Institute of American Indian Arts, 50th Anniversary Series, Sunstone Press, 2012..

    "Indigenous Contemporary Architecture," contributing author, Perspective Series—American Indians and American Popular Culture, Vol 2, Praeger Press 2012.

    "A Case for Indigenous Design Education," in Design Intelligence, Vol 17, No. 6, Nov/Dec 2011.

    "Indigenous Planning: An Emerging Paradigm," chapter in Canadian Planning and Policy, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 17:1, Supplement 200, 2008.

    "Assessment, Program Planning, and Evaluation in Indian Country: Toward a Postcolonial Practice of Indigenous Planning," Bonnie M. Duran, Ted Jojola, & Nathania Tsosie, coauthors, in Health Promotion In Multicultural Populations: A Handbook for Practioners and Students, Michael Kline & Robert Huff, edtrs,, 2nd Edition, Sage Publications, 2007.

    How It Is: The Native American Philosophy of V.F. Cordova, coauthors Kathleen Dean Moore, Kurt Peters, Ted Jojola and Amber Lacy, University of Arizona Press,2007.

    Physical Infrastructure and Economic Development, White Paper, National Tribal Economic Development Summit, National Congress of American Indians, Phoenix, Arizona, 2007.

    "Indian Gaming as Community Economic Development," coauthor Paul Ong, chapter in Jobs and Economic Development in Minority Communities, Paul Ong and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, editors, Temple University Press, 2006  

    "The Legacy of the Pueblo Revolt and the Tiquex Province," in an anthology of Po’pay and the Pueblo Revolt,  Joe Sando, editor, Clear Light Book Publishers, Santa Fe, NM, 2005.

    Where Memories Exist, Sleeping Dogs Lie, in Objects of Everlasting Esteem: Native American Masterpieces from the Collections of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum Press, 2005.

    "Pictures from Hell," in Beyond the Reach of Time and Change: The Frank A.Rinehart Collection Revisited, Simon Ortiz, editor, University of Arizona Press, 2005

    "Notes on Identity, Time, Space & Place," in American Indian Thought: Philosophical Essays, Anne Waters, edtr., Blackwell Press, 2004.

    "Indigenous Planning and Resource Management," in Trusteeship in Change: Toward Tribal Autonomy in Resource Management, edited by Richmond L. Clow and Imre Sutton, University of Colorado Press, 2001

    Indigenous Planning and Community Development, 7th IASTE Conf, "The End of Tradition?," Trani, Italy, 2000

    Ysleta del Sur Cultural Corridor Plan, Nambe Pueblo Historic Plaza Revitalization Plan, Zuni Pueblo MainStreet Plan, Taos Pueblo Community Comprehensive Plan, Chaco Canyon Cultural Assets Project, Cochiti Pueblo Revitalization Plan, Santo Domingo Community Assessment Report, Indigenous Design & Planning Institute (iD+Pi), School of Architecture and Planning, UNM, 2013-2016.

    Planning in Indian Country: Regional Conversations, report of findings for 8 regional tribal summits, 2007-2009, National Congress of American Indians (unpublished manuscript)

    NM Indian Education Atlas, Report of findings for 7 School Districts, NM Public Education Division, Office of Indian Education 6/11

    Community Development Profiles, Keweenah Band of Indians, L’Anse, Michigan and Leech Lake Reservation, Minnesota, Community Capacity Development Office, US Department of Justice, 2009.

    Visioning 21st –Century Tribal Community Planning, Report of Workshop, Arizona State University, Oct. 4-5, 2007.

    Profiling the Native American Community in Albuquerque: Assessing the Impacts of Census Undercounts and Adjustments, US Census Monitoring Board, Washington, DC., Jan. 2001

    Urban Indians in Albuquerque, NM: A Study for the Department of Family and Community Services, City of Albuquerque, Aug. 1999

    General Editor and Author, Background Report for 21st Townhall, American Indians in New Mexico and Their Neighbors: Building Bridges of Understanding, New Mexico First, June 1998.

    Research and Evaluation of American Indian and Alaska Native Government Administrative Records: Final Report, US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, WESTAT Inc., Washington, DC., 3/31/1995

    Report on [State Education] Data Needs [for American Indian Students], , NM Indian Education Center for Excellence. Coprincipal Investigator—Adelamar N. Alcantara, Jan. 1995


    2015 - NM APA planning award in the comprehensive planning category for the Taos Pueblo Comprehensive Indigenous Community & Land Use Plan

    2014 - Innovation in Planning: Education and Outreach Award, New Mexico American Planning Association, Reclaiming Indigenous Planning

    2014 - Award of Merit for Planning Publications, Canadian Institute of Planners, Reclaiming Indigenous Planning.

    2014 - Creative Bravos Award, 29th Annual Ceremony, Creative Albuquerque.

    2014 - L. Bradford Prince Award, Historic Society of New Mexico

    2012 - Richard W. Etulain Honorary Lectureship

    2011 - Distinguished Professorship

    2008  - Visiting Distinguished Professorship, School of Planning, Arizona State University

    2009 - Faculty Acknowledgement Award, AI Student Services, UNM

    2005 - Division of Humanities Visiting Fellow, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.

    2002 - Regents’ Professorship

    2001 - Faculty Appreciation Award, Native American Law Students Association, UNM

    1998 - Faculty Acknowledgement Award, UNM–General Library.

    1998 - Honor Awards Ceremony, Native American Studies, UNM.

    1996 - Dean’s Faculty Recognition Award for Creative Research and Scholarship, UNM

    1993 - Academic Exchange Scholar (Canada), US Information Agency

    1988 - Martin Luther King–Cesar Chavez–Rosa Parks Visiting Professorship, N. Michigan University

    1984 - Visiting Professorship, Institute of American Culture/Department of Urban Studies, U.C.L.A.

    1982 - Visiting Lectureship, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

    Community Service

    Design with the Other 90% exhibition, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Advisory Committee  

    ZETAC, Zuni Public Schools and UNM College of Education, Advisory Board

    Tricklock Theatre Company, Non-Profit Corporation, Board of Directors

    Society for the Preservation of American Indian Communities, Non-Profit Corporation, President—Board of Directors

    Chamiza Foundation, Non-Profit Corporation, Board of Directors