SPDC welcomes Deyanira Nevárez Martínez as Assistant Professor in the Urban & Regional Planning Program

New faculty member brings focus on housing, racial equity and Chicano/Latino studies to URP.

SPDC welcomes Deyanira Nevárez Martínez as an Assistant Professor in the Urban & Regional Planning Program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction.

Prior to joining the program, she earned a PhD in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy with an emphasis in Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

"I am humbled and excited to be joining the faculty in Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to advance research in urban planning that takes into account social justice and equity. I am committed to helping advance the University's land grant mission of democratizing and providing access to education to all." said Nevárez Martínez.

Nevárez Martínez is an ethnographer who primarily employs qualitative methods. Her research has focused on the role of the state in homelessness and housing precarity and informality. A major theme in her work is the criminalization of poverty in the United States. Additionally, her work has analyzed issues of gentrification, racial equity in land-use and transportation, racial segregation, and bail reform.

“I was very impressed by Dr. Nevárez Martínez’s enthusiasm in helping minoritized populations through research, teaching and outreach during the interview. Her expertise as an ethnographer diversifies the intellectuality of the School. We are excited about her joining the school and looking forward to her contributions,” said Ming-Han Li, Director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction.

Nevárez Martínez has worked for the public and non-profit sectors. From 2009 to 2010 she worked for U.S. Congressman Raul M. Grijalva before moving to spearhead the campaign to fight Arizona’s ban on Mexican American Studies. Additionally, she has served as the Arizona State Coordinator for Mi Familia Vota Education Fund. Her research interests include borderland studies, Chicanx/Latinx studies, colonias, criminalization of poverty, critical race theory, ethnography, homelessness, housing, housing justice, housing precarity, qualitative methods, race and ethnicity and street-level bureaucracy. 

Please join us in welcoming Deya Nevárez Martínez to the School of Planning, Design and Construction! 



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