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Gerardo Sandoval

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  • Title: Associate Professor, PPPM
  • Phone: 541-346-8432
  • Office: 103 Hendricks Hall
  • City: Eugene
  • Affiliated Departments: Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies
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  • Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D. (city and regional planning), University of California, Berkeley (2007)
M.C.P. (city and regional planning), University of California, Berkeley (2002)
B.S. (community and regional development), University of California, Davis (2000)

Summary of Research Interests

Dr. Sandoval’s research is situated within intersections of urban planning, immigration, and community change. As an urban planning scholar, he examines the links between immigrant communities, transnationalism, and placemaking. Drawing on detailed case studies spanning traditional immigrant gateways and emerging immigrant’ destinations he explores how urban planning interventions shape immigrant neighborhoods and in turn, how immigrants are reshaping cities. Dr. Sandoval’s current multiple site case study in California examines the role of ethnic community identity in unifying neighborhood activists, local politicians, and transnational business leaders, in resisting large-scale environmental redevelopment projects that may cause displacement through gentrification. Dr. Sandoval’s second line of research inquiry is a multicity case study in Oregon examining immigrant integration efforts within historically racialized spaces.

Research Focus Areas

  • Theories and strategies of community development
  • Redevelopment of marginalized low-income neighborhoods
  • Interactions of planning institutions with immigrant communities

Courses and Seminars

  • Planning Theory and Ethics
  • Human Settlements
  • Justice and Urban Revitalization
  • Public Engagement in Diverse Communities
  • Inclusive Urbanism

Selected Awards

  • Chester Rapkin Award, 2014, best planning article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
  • Paul Davidoff Book Award, 2013, honorable mention, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).
  • Barclay Gibbs Jones Award, 2009, best dissertation in planning, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP)



Sandoval, Gerardo and Rongerude, Jane. “Telling a story that must be heard: Participatory indicators as tools for community empowerment”. Journal of Community Practice 23, no. 3-4 (2015): 404-414.

Lung-Amam, Willow; Harwood, Stacy; Sandoval, Gerardo and Sen, Siddhartha. “Teaching equity and advocacy planning in a multicultural “Post-Racial” world.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 35, no. 3 (2015): 337-342.

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Immigrant integration models in “illegal” communities: Postville Iowa’s shadow context.” Local Environment 20, n. 6 (2015).

Olivos, Edward and Sandoval, Gerardo. “Latina/o identities, the racialization of work, and the global reserve army of labor: Becoming Latino in Postville, Iowa.” Ethnicities 15, no. 2 (2015): 190-210.

Main, Kelly and Sandoval, Gerardo. “Placemaking in a translocal receiving community: The relevance of place to identity and agency.” Urban Studies 52, no. 1 (2015): 71-86.

Moseley, Cassandra; Sandoval, Gerardo and Davis, Emily J. “Comparing conditions of labor-intensive forestry and fire suppression workers.” Society & Natural Resources 27, no. 5 (2014): 540–556.

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Shadow Transnationalism: Cross-Border networks and planning challenges of transnational unauthorized immigrant communities.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 33, no. 2 (2013): 176–193. (Recipient of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 2014 Chester Rapkin Award for best article).

Sandoval, Gerardo and Maldonado, Marta. “Latino Urbanism revisited: placemaking in new gateways and the urban-rural interface.” Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability 5, no. 2-3 (2012): 193–218.

Trabalzi, Ferro and Sandoval, Gerardo. “The exotic other: Latinos and the remaking of community identity in Perry, Iowa.” Community Development 41, no. 1 (2010): 76–91.

Fujimoto, Isao and Sandoval, Gerardo. “Tapping into California's Central Valley's hidden wealth: Its rich cultural capital.” Asian American Law Journal, University of California November (2006).

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Network power for social change: Grassroots organizing efforts via information technologies in California’s Central Valley.” The Berkeley Planning Journal 18 (2005).

Fujimoto, Isao and Sandoval, Gerardo. “The Central Valley Partnership: A collaborative multi-ethnic approach to organizing immigrant communities.” University of California, Davis Law Review 38, no. 3 (2005): 1021–1047.


Golub, Aaron; Hoffman, Melody; Lugo, Adonia; Sandoval, Gerardo. Biking for All: Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation, New York: Routledge, 2016.

Sandoval, Gerardo. Immigrants and the revitalization of Los Angeles: Development and change in MacArthur Park. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2010. (Recipient of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 2013 Paul Davidoff Award, Honorable Mention).

Book Chapters

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Transforming Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects via immigrant led revitalization: The MacArthur Park Case”, In Immigrants and Metropolitan Revitalization. Edited by Thomas Sugrue and Domenic Vitiello, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, (Forthcoming, 2016).

Rongerude, Jane and Sandoval, Gerardo. “From the table to the streets: Strategies for building a more inclusive collaboration process”, In Challenges to Collaboration by Richard Margerum, (Forthcoming, 2016).

Sandoval, Gerardo and Hernandez, Luz. “Gender, transnationalism and empowerment in Postville, Iowa: Women with electronic shackles.” In Transbordering Latin Americas: Liminal Places, Cultures, and Powers (T)Here. Edited by Clara Irazábal. London: Routledge, 2014.

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Transnational placemaking in small-town America.” In Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino communities. Edited by Michael Rios and Leonardo Vazquez, New York: Routledge, 2012.

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