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Garcia, Ivis Associate Professor


Dr. Ivis Garc?a received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015. Dr. Garc?a will join the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University as an Associate Professor Fall of 2022. Dr. Garc?a previously taught graduate and undergraduate community engagement in planning, planning communication, and studio courses in Chicago, Puerto Rico, and Salt Lake City. She also led the Westside Leadership Institute, an innovative undergraduate course that residents and students take together to develop a community project. Dr. Garc?a's research focuses on engagement, housing, and community development. She has received over $1 million in external research funding, including EPA, National Science Foundation, and the Natural Hazard Center. Dr. Garc?a has written 38 peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, and 37 technical reports--including the first American Planning Association PAS Report on diversity, "Planning with Diverse Communities." Ivis has given 56 keynote or invited talks--including funded addresses at U. de Guadalajara, Columbia University, and Georgia Tech. Dr. Garc?a has chaired 15 master's committees and served on 11 Ph.D. committees. For her housing justice work in Puerto Rico with disaster victims, Ivis received the Ford Fellowship in 2022.

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