CEEDS Director

Sharon E. Sutton is a professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Washington.  The author of numerous scholarly and popular publications, her research seeks to engage disenfranchised communities in participatory research and design.  A book-in-progress, Lives Liberated, Lives Constrained: African American Architects Narrate the Outcomes of Columbia University’s Historic Insurrection, documents the career paths of a group of black architects who attended Columbia University during and after a major student insurrection.  She holds degrees in music, architecture, psychology, and philosophy, and is a fellow in the American Institute of Architects, a distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and an inductee in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

For more information, see <http://faculty.washington.edu/sesut/>

CEEDS Faculty Affiliates

Dan Benjamin Abramson is an associate professor of urban design and planning.  His research, in part, seeks to foster democratic and intercultural action and networking in community planning and design. Having lived and studied in Beijing, China and Vancouver, Canada (as well as Ireland and Poland), his recent work includes community planning activities in the Fujian Province of China.  He holds bachelor of arts, master of architecture, master of city planning, and PhD (planning) degrees, and is a Fulbright senior research scholar in China.

For more information, see http://urbdp.be.washington.edu/people/faculty/abramson.html

Roberto G. Gonzales is an assistant professor of social work.  His experience in direct service and formal training in social welfare and sociology have shaped his current studies of how policy and mediating institutions affect the on-the ground realities of the adult children of unauthorized Mexican migrants.  He is currently working on a book, Born in the Shadows: The Uncertain Futures of the Children of Unauthorized Mexican Migrants. He holds BA, MA, and  PhD degrees in sociology and an AM degree in policy administration.

For more information, see http://depts.washington.edu/sswweb/faculty/facpage.php?id=540

 Linda Hurley Ishem is an assistant professor of urban studies at the University of Washington—Tacoma.  Her research focuses alternative models and theoretical frameworks for neighborhood change, including resident mobilization, economic stimulation, and strategic partnerships with universities.  She holds a PhD in social welfare from the University of Washington, a masters degree in business administration from the Northwestern University, and a bachelors degree in psychology and black studies from Wellesley College.

For more information, see http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/directory/employee_profile.cfm?employee_ID=704>

 Julie Johnson is an associate professor of landscape architecture, adjunct associate professor of architecture, and a founding faculty affiliate of CEEDS.  Her research explores how design processes can engage children in shaping and stewarding innovative and enriching places and also how the location of transit, mixed uses, and open space can support community life and ecological processes.  With Jeffrey Hou and Laura Lawson, she recently co-authored Green Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (University of Washington Press, 2009).  A registered landscape architect, she holds a master of city planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor of landscape architecture degree from Utah State.

For more information, see http://larch.be.washington.edu/people/julie/julie.ph

 Matthew Kelley is an assistant professor of urban studies at the University of Washington—Tacoma.  His research focuses on technologically mediated community advocacy and alternative methods of engaging citizen planners, including the use of documentary film and  participatory geospatial and multimedia technology in disadvantaged urban communities.  He holds a PhD degree in geography from Pennsylvania State University, a masters degree in geography from California University at Los Angeles, and a bachelors degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For more information, see http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/urban_studies/about/faculty_detail.cfm?employee_id=1731

 Susan P. Kemp is an associate professor and the Charles O. Cressey Endowed Chair at the University of Washington School of Social Work, and a founding faculty affiliate of CEEDS.  Her work is informed by a commitment to enhancing person-place relationships, place-based interventions, and spatial perspectives in social work practice.  In particular, she specializes in environmental and community-based interventions, low-income children and families, public child welfare, and social work history and theory, and is currently working on a book, The Concept of Environment in Social Work Practice Theory (under contract with Columbia University Press).  She received a PhD degree with distinction from Columbia University, along with a masters degree from University of Auckland, and a bachelors degree from Massey University, both in New Zealand.

For more information, see http://depts.washington.edu/sswweb/faculty/facpage.php?id=53

 Lynne C. Manzo is an associate professor in the University of Washington's College of Built Environments.  She brings research expertise both in-depth qualitative and large-scale survey work, as well as grounded experience in working with low-income, diverse, and marginalized groups to the study of place meaning, place attachments and identity, and the politics of place.  Her research includes studies of the transformation of New York City's landlord-abandoned building into low-income cooperatives, the culturally-specific housing needs of Latino farm workers in Washington’s Yakima Valley, and the effects of public housing redevelopment in the Pacific Northwest.  She holds a PhD in environmental psychology from the City University of New York, along with bachelors and masters degrees in psychology.

For more information, see http://larch.be.washington.edu/people/lynne/lynne.php

  Anne Taufen Wessells is an assistant professor in the Urban Studies Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma.  Her research focuses upon the urban governance challenges of waterfront planning and sustainable development, specifically the production and use of political power, and its relationship to the social and ecological health of urban space.  An interdisciplinary scholar, she publishes and presents in the fields of urban affairs, planning, and public policy.  She earned a PhD in social ecology (University of California, Irvine), a masters degree in government administration (University of Pennsylvania), and a bachelors degree in English and French literature (University of Virginia).

For more information, see http://www.tacoma.washington.edu/urban_studies/about/faculty_detail.cfm?employee_id=1732