University of Oregon
Planning, Public Policy and Management

Gerardo Francisco Sandoval

Gerardo SandovalAssistant Professor
Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management

Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies

103 Hendricks Hall
Eugene, OR 97403-1209
Phone: (541) 346-8432



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

My research focuses on the roles of immigrants in community regeneration, the responses of governments to the presence of immigrants, and the ways that transnational relationships shape spaces that immigrants inhabit.

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

  • Introduction to Planning, Public Policy & Management
  • Planning Theory and Ethics
  • Research Methods in Planning
  • Urban Revitalization in "Minority" Communities
  • Public Engagement in Diverse Communities

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)


Gerardo Sandoval and Jane Rongerude.  “Telling a story that must be heard: Participatory indicators as tools for community empowerment”. Journal of Community Practice, (Forthcoming).

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 (Forthcoming).

Sandoval, Gerardo. “Immigrant integration models in “illegal” communities: Postville Iowa’s shadow context.” Local Environment 20, no. 6 (2015): 683-705.

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 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. “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.

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.

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).

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.

Funded Projects

National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), “Developing a model for Transit Oriented Development in Latino Immigrant Communities:  A National Study of Equity and TOD”, 2013-2014, Funding: $50,000.

National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), “Latino Immigrant Communities and Equity in Transit Oriented Development”, 2012-2013, Funding: $84,000.

US Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Sustainable Communities Livability Grant, “Developing Bottom up Equity Indicators in Lane County Oregon”, 2011-2013, Funding: $58,000.

US Economic Development Administration (EDA) UO Community Service Center (CSC), “Supporting Latino Small Businesses in Oregon”, University of Oregon, 2011-14, Funding: $33,000.

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