Laura Harjo

    Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning

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Dr. Laura Harjo received an appointment at The University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning in 2013. Within the Community and Regional Planning program, she offers a wide variety of courses for undergraduate and graduate Latin American Studies students. Harjo teaches classes on community development and GIS, and has special interests in social movements, social media, Indigenous planning, and human/civil/Indigenous rights. She 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. Harjo’s research interests are in the areas of critical ethnic studies and community participatory methods for the engagement, empowerment, and emancipation of marginalized rural and urban communities.



  • PhD in Geography, University of Southern California (2012)
  • MA in Geography, Graduate Certificate in GIS, University of Southern California (2001)
  • BS in Geography, University of Kansas (1994)
  • AA in Liberal Arts, Haskell Indian Nations University (1991)

Research Areas

  • Community Participatory Methods
  • Human/Civil/Indigenous Rights
  • Indigenous Planning
  • Social Media
  • Social Movements

Country Specialization(s)

  • Ecuador
  • Latin America

Latin American Studies Courses

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

  • CRP 474/574 Cultural Aspects of Community Development
  • CRP 570 Seminar: MMIW A Transnational cont
  • CRP 538 Community Participatory Methods
  • CRP 431/531 Foundations of Community Development
  • CRP 470/570 Indigenous Space, Place, and Mapping
  • CRP 539 Indigenous Space Place Mapping
  • CRP 570 Seminar: Indigenous Feminist Planning Praxis