Dr. Jesús J. Lara is an Associate Professor in the Knowlton School’s city and regional planning section. His research and pedagogy are centered on sustainable urban design, latino urbanism, community development, and sociocultural factors in community design, from urban environments and poverty stricken areas to empty suburban malls and commercial areas at the intersection of upscale developments and highway commerce, and university‐community partnerships.
Dr. Lara was a Fulbright Fellow at Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University, the Netherlands, in 2003-2004. He is the co-editor and contributor of Remaking Metropolis: Global Challenges of the Urban Landscape (Routledge, 2012). He is also the guest editor and contributor of a special issue of the Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, Placemaking in 21st Century American Cities (Taylor & Francis Group, 2012), which expands upon the growing literature on Latino Urbanism, focusing on its role in shaping and incorporating Latino needs in the development of American cities. His book, Latino Placemaking and Planning: Defining a Cultural Urban Form and Re-urbanization Strategies, will be published by the University of Arizona Press in 2018.