Jocelyn Poe

Jocelyn Poe's research focuses on communal trauma, reparative praxis, and anti-racist futures. Inspired by her experiences as a practicing planner, Poe uses interdisciplinary and creative methods for theorizing planning practice and engaging communities. These innovative approaches shape her research, planning practice, and teaching. Her work resonates with critical issues of justice and equity which shape our cities and are deeply relevant to our field and its futures. 

Poe earned a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. She also has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Sciences at Tuskegee University and a Master of Community Planning from Auburn University.   

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Collaborative practice
  • Community-based planning and development
  • Participatory and collaborative planning
  • Planning history
  • Social justice and equity

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Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Health Policy Research Scholar Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2018–2022)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "Reparations and Planning," Urban Affairs Association Conference, Washington, DC (April 2022)

  • "To Live and Die in South Central L.A." Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Virtual (November 2021)

  • "Theorizing Communal Trauma: A look at the relationship between race, spatial imaginaries and place in the U.S. South," Association of Critical Heritage Studies Spring Symposium, Virtual (2021) 

Publications (Selected)

  • Collective for Research and Policy, The T., Adrian N. Neely, Asia S. Ivey, Catherine Duarte, Jocelyn Poe, and Sireen Irsheid. "Building the Transdisciplinary Resistance Collective for Research and Policy: Implications for Dismantling Structural Racism as a Determinant of Health Inequity." Ethnicity & Disease 30, no. 3 (2020), 381–388.
  • Piazzoni, Francesca, Jocelyn Poe, and Ettore Santi. "What design for Urban Design Justice?" Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 2022, 1–22.
  • Poe, Jocelyn. "Theorizing communal trauma: Examining the relationship between race, spatial imaginaries, and planning in the U.S. South." Planning Theory 21, no. 1 (2021), 56–76.
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