Community Development Graduate Group

Graduate Group Faculty

Graduate Group Faculty

The Community Development Graduate Group Faculty includes members from a multitude of campus departments, including Human Ecology, School of Education, Statistics, Sociology, and various Ethnic Studies programs. Such a diverse collection of faculty allows students a great degree of flexibility in designing a program of study related to their particular interests.

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Faculty

NameDepartmentAreas of Interest
Heidi BallardSchool of Education
Catherine BrinkleyCommunity and Regional DevelopmentDr. Brinkley's research is focused on public health outcomes around the food-energy-waste nexus. She uses qualitative methods along with social network mapping and spatial analytics to understand farm-to-city services such as food supply and waste-to-energy. She is particularly interested in how these networks impact neighborhood socio-economics and greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to support sustainable land-use planning around environmental justice.
David CampbellHuman EcologyPublic policy and community governance; citizenship and civic engagement; non-profit and faith-related organizations; program evaluation.
David de la PenaHuman EcologyParticipatory urbanism, design activism, sustainable cities, processes of community design, landscape architecture, public space, urban agriculture, architecture, comparative urban research.
Adela De La TorreChicana/o StudiesHealth care access and finance issues that affect the Latino community as well as Border health issues, education and occupational location of Hispanics
Natalia Deeb-SossaChicana/o StudiesBorderlands, in-betweenness and instability, sites of boundary-making and fragmentation, but also resistance and continual reconstruction. Construction and enforcement of social membership. Contestation by immigrants of inequalities they face in their daily life. Farmworker mothers' activism, cultural citizenship and advocacy for educational and health rights.
Jesse DrewTechnoCultural StudiesTheory and practice of alternative and community media, particularly electronic media, including practices such as blogging, Low Power FM Radio, social computer networking, cable/satellite television, peer-to-peer computing, and on-line activism.
Patsy Eubanks OwensHuman EcologyEnvironments of children and adolescents, community participation.
Gail Feenstra(SAREP)Conducting applied and evaluative research that strengthens community development efforts and coordinating education and outreach to community-based groups to build their capacity and leadership skills.
Yvette FloresChicana/o StudiesIntimate partner violence among Mexicans on both sides of the border.
Ryan E. GaltHuman EcologyPeople-environment geography, cultural and political ecology, agricultural and environmental governance, political economy of sustainable agriculture, cartographic design.
Liza GrandiaNative American StudiesIndigenous community development; corporate trade and globalization; foreign aid and empire; political ecology, biodiversity conservation, and environmental justice; land grabbing, agrarian change and rural development. Countries of interest: Guatemala and Belize.
Luis E. GuarnizoHuman EcologyEconomic Sociology, transnational migration, immigrant entrepreneurs, comparative international development, citizenship.
Clare GuptaHuman EcologyTranslational and interdisciplinary research, alternative food networks and community food systems, food politics and agro-food movements (e.g. local food, food sovereignty) , and community-based resource management.
Susan HandyEnvironmental Science and PolicyRelationships between transportation and land use, including the impact of land use on travel behavior and the impact of transportation investments on land development patterns.  In addition, my work is directed towards strategies for enhancing accessibility and reducing automobile dependence, including land use policies and telecommunications services.
Shermain HardestyAgricultural and Resource EconomicsEconomics of local food marketing, agritourism, values-based supply chains, cooperatives and other collaborative structures, specialty foods marketing, and food safety regulations.
Bruce HaynesSociologyBruce D. Haynes is associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis, and an authority on race, ethnicity, and urban communities. A former Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Inequality and Politics at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, he is the author of Red Lines Black Spaces: The Politics of Race and Space in a Black Middle-Class Suburb (Yale University Press, 2001) and coeditor of The Ghetto: Contemporary Global Issues and Controversies (2012). He is currently writing a book about black Jews in America.
Paul HeckmanSchool of EducationCurriculum theory and change, Educational Ecology of communities, Educational Leadership, School, curriculum and community change, School culture: change and cognition.
Robin HillArt, Art HistoryPublic art, She believes art is about tuning in to the frequency of daily life and seeing things as they truly are. "Ideas are encountered, rather than gotten.
Carlos JacksonChicana/o StudiesA visual artist and writer, and Director of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer, a community art center in Woodland, Ca. He is currently working on a book surveying the history of the Chicana/o Art Movement.
Susan KaiserTextiles and ClothingFashion theory and feminist epistemologies, Youth style and cultural anxiety, Cultural studies approach to appearance style and identity, focusing on intersections among gender, race and ethnicity.
David KyleSociologyInternational migration, development and globalization.
William B. LacyHuman EcologySociology of science, organization and structure of agricultural research and extension (U.S. and international), social psychology of education and outreach, international research and higher education policy and practices.
Jonathan LondonHuman EcologyEnvironmental justice, Environmental/ natural resource policy, Community and youth participation, Political ecology, Rural development, Social movements.
Jeff LouxLand Use and Natural Resources/ UC Davis ExtensionWater resources policy and management, sustainable communities and the various interests and stakeholders who care about natural resource and land use policy.
Mark LubellEnvironmental Science and PolicyWatershed management, environmental activism, and agricultural best management practices.
Beth Rose MiddletonNative American StudiesNative American community/ economic development; political ecology; Federal Indian law; Native American natural resource policy; qualitative GIS; indigenous geography; Afro-indigeneity; intergenerational trauma and healing; Native public health; participatory research; rural environmental justice; multi cultural dimensions of conservation, land use, and planning
Brett MilliganHuman EcologyInfrastructural studies and socio-technical systems; scenario planning; industrial ecology and radically altered environments; Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; rewilding; dredge landscapes and maritime infrastructure; spatial modeling and geomatics, including the application of drones (UAVs) and photogrammetry; theory of landscape change
N. Claire NapawanHuman EcologyIn light of economic, social, and environmental changes within urban environments, Professor Napawan has an interest in investigating the roles in which public landscapes might adapt to provide ever-increasing productive and infrastructural programs to the global city. This includes investigation of the emerging role of urban agriculture in American cities to address a range of contemporary urban issues.
Bettina Ng'wenoAfrican American and African StudiesUrban and rural communities with a particular focus on space, citizenship and justice in Latin America and more recently in the Indian Ocean region
Deb NiemeierCivil and Environmental EngineeringSustainable development; GHG emissions in complex systems; air quality-transportation; environmental justice; governance structures and environmentalism; prioritization of transportation infrastructure; relationship between land use and travel
Dennis PendletonUC Davis ExtensionNatural resources policy, planning and administration; environmental assessment; simulation/optimization modeling of ecological systems.
Carolyn PennyCommon Ground, UC Davis ExtensionConflict resolution, issue-framing, meeting design, facilitation of multi-stakeholder decision making, organizational planning, mediation, facilitation of public engagement processes, training, and analysis and writing.
Michael RiosHuman EcologyResearch interests center on the assessment of public policy, professional practice, and citizen participation in the planning and design of the built environment. The aim of this collective work is to understand how institutions, practitioners, and citizens develop capacities for collective action, praxis, and meaningful participation as members of political communities.
Sheryl-Ann SimpsonHuman EcologyImmigration and social/political participation, health and environment, critical GIS and spatial analysis, comparative urban studies.
Julie SzeAmerican StudiesHer research is at the intersection of interdisciplinary fields: American studies, environmental, urban and ethnic studies. She focuses on race, class, gender and environment, environmental justice movement, urban environmentalism and environmental health.
Bernadette TaralloHuman EcologyEconomic development; transnational immigration; labor process studies; and, social inequities in the community.
Tom TomichHuman EcologyAgricultural sustainability, sustainable food systems, sustainability metrics and indicators, sustainability science.
Mark Van HornPSTC/SFOrganic soil management, particularly cover cropping, compost use and composting: and, organic education, including experiential field-based learning.
M. Anne VisserHuman EcologyThe informal economy; non-standard work arrangements; low wage labor; governance; social and economic integration, equity, and equality
Karen Watson-GegeoSchool of EducationClassroom discourse; Education in Developing Countries; Ethnography and Ethnographic research; Language Acquisition; Language development and socialization; Literacy and Language policy; Organizational structure/effectiveness; Pidgin/creole languages; Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.
Steve WheelerHuman EcologySustainable development; urban design; city and regional planning; land use; climate change.
Diane WolfSociologyGender and development, family/households, fieldwork, Southeast Asia, immigration.
Susy ZepedaChicana/o Studies Chicana/Latina Feminisms, Social Justice, Genders and Sexualities, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, U.S. Women of Color Feminism, LGBTQ and Queer of Color Studies, Chicana/o Cultural Studies, Transnational Visual Culture, Oral History, Archival Research, Collaborative Methodologies.