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About Gordon C. C. Douglas

Dr. Gordon Douglas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Institute for Metropolitan Studies at San José State University. He is a multidisciplinary urbanist whose work sits at the intersection of urban political-economy, community studies, and cultures of planning and design. Through his research, teaching, and community work, Gordon aims to bring social and cultural analysis to the study of urban planning and development. Much of his research concerns questions of local identity, peoples' relationships to their physical surroundings, and social and spatial inequality in the city. His new book concerns people who create unauthorized but functional, civic-minded "do-it-yourself urban design" interventions in their communities and what these informal improvement efforts tell us about planning, participation, and privilege in the contemporary city. Also in the works are articles and book chapters on grassroots responses to disaster in cities, the exploitation of "authenticity" in local retail, and equity issues in bottom-up urbanism. Other recent studies have examined the cultural geography of gentrification; the impacts of community expectations on development projects; how the naming and design of mass transit stations can help promote neighborhood identity; and the role of organizational cultures and everyday infrastructure in the uneven resilience of different communities to extreme weather. Gordon's teaching interests include community development, urban design, research methods, and urban history and theory. He is also working with scholars and practitioners across several universities to develop an interdisciplinary graduate curriculum for climate resiliency planning and design education.

Gordon received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago and also holds degrees from the University of Southern California and the London School of Economics. Prior to joining the Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State, he was the Rebuild by Design Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University, where he also served as Associate Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, a research center focused on publicly engaged scholarship.

Positions

2017 - Present Director, San Jose State University Institute for Metropolitan Studies
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2016 - Present Assistant Professor, San Jose State University Urban and Regional Planning
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2015 - 2017 Associate Director and Acting Director, New York University ‐ Institute for Public Knowledge
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2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University ‐ Rebuild by Design
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Curriculum Vitae




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Education

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2014 Ph.D., University of Chicago ‐ Sociology
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2008 M.A., University of Chicago ‐ Sociology
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2005 MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science ‐ Global Media
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2005 M.A., University of Southern California ‐ Global Communication
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2003 B.A., University of Southern California ‐ International Relations
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Books & Edited Volumes (2)

In Press (2)

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles & Book Chapters (6)

Videos (1)

Other Publications (11)

Conference Presentations (20)