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Theodore Jojola

    Distinguished Professor, Community and Regional Planning
    Director, Indigenous Design & Planning Institute

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Distinguished and Regents’ Professor Ted Jojola joined The University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning’s Community and Regional Planning (CRP) program in 1980. He is the founder and director of the CRP Indigenous Design and Planning Institute and a co-founder of the Indigenous Planning Division of the American Planning Association. He offers courses for both undergraduate and graduate Latin American Studies students in topics such as Indigenous Planning, Planning for Native Lands, Contemporary Indigenous Architecture, and Communication Techniques for Planning. He also serves as one of the faculty members for iTown Studio: Ecuador, an 8-week study abroad course designed to provide students with experience rooted in the social, cultural, political and economic forces that shape the Indigenous built environment in Ecuador.  Jojola’s research foci are in the areas of community development, indigenous human rights, tribal economic development, and microcomputer applications in education and planning.  


  • Certificate in International Human Rights Law, University of Strasbourg (1985)
  • Post-Doc., in American Indian Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles (1984)
  • PhD in Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa (1982)
  • Master of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975)
  • BFA in Architecture, University of New Mexico (1973)

Research Areas

  • Community Development
  • Indigenous Human Rights
  • Indigenous Planning
  • Tribal Economic Development

Latin American Studies Courses

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*

  • CRP 534 Foundations of Indigenous Planning