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About Anna Livia Brand

Dr. Anna Livia Brand’s current research focuses on the intersection of race and space, specifically looking at black meccas within the context of historical urban and demographic changes, gentrification, and issues of power and dominance.
Her dissertation, Cacophonous Geographies: The Symbolic and Material Landscapes of Race, considered the racial meanings of urban landscapes in New Orleans and focused on three ethnographic studies representative of New Orleans’ racial dynamics: Treme, Lakeview, and the Lower Ninth Ward. She is now continuing her research on black geographies in New Orleans’ Treme and Seventh Ward neighborhoods, with a comparative lens looking at black meccas in Chicago, New York, and Atlanta.
Additionally, Dr. Brand's research focuses on interpretations of everyday landscapes and the built environment, with a specific focus on gentrification and urban change in historic urban areas. She is currently analyzing historic preservation efforts and narratives in multiple neighborhoods in New Orleans. This work explores the tensions of historic preservation efforts in a shrinking and deeply unequal urban context.
Dr. Brand’s background is in urban design and planning and she has worked professionally as a both a planner and a designer. She received her Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane University, her master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, and her Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. As an Assistant Professor at UNO, she teaches core courses in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and doctoral curriculums, including Introduction to Urbanism and Urban Design, Site Planning, and a doctoral seminar on Urban Theory. As Interim Boebel Chair of Historic Preservation, Dr. Brand is working to revitalize the historic preservation curriculum in the PLUS program. Through her own research and with her courses at UNO, she has worked with various community organizations across New Orleans. Dr. Brand is a member of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), the Urban Affairs Association (UAA), Planners Network, and the national and Louisiana chapters of the American Planning Association (APA). She has published in UCLA’s planning journal, Critical Planning and the Loyola Law Review.
Research Interests
Race and Urban Development
Black Geographies
Democratic Theory and Participation
Historic Preservation and Cultural Landscapes
Justice and the City
Politics and Design of Public Space


Present Assistant Professor, Interim Boebel Chair in Historic Preservation, University of New Orleans

Curriculum Vitae

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  • MURP 4710 Urbanism and Urban Design
  • MURP 6180 Site Planning
  • DURB 6830 Urban Theory
  • URBN 4002 The Shape of the City
  • URBN 4003 - The Post World War II City

Contact Information

312 Milneburg Hall
Phone: 504.280.7102


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