John Arroyo

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Assistant Professor
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Latino Studies, School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe, NM)
Phone: 541-346-2265
Office: 107 Hendricks Hall
Research Interests: Urban Design, Land Use, Community Development, Inclusive Urbanism, Race and Ethnicity, Latina/o/x Studies, Internal and International Migration, Transnational Processes, Suburban Studies, Environmental Behavior, Arts and Cultural Planning


John C. Arroyo, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Engaging Diverse Communities at the University of Oregon’s College of Design. 

As a scholar and practitioner of urban planning, migration studies, Latino/a studies, and cultural policy, Arroyo’s applied research broadly focuses on inclusive urbanism. In particular, he is interested in the social, cultural, and policy dimensions of immigrant-centered built environments and urban design practices. His current research (and forthcoming book project) examines the transnational spatial effects and local-level policy implications of exponential Mexican migration in high-growth U.S. suburban “new immigrant destinations” in the U.S. South.

Arroyo's research has been supported by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, American Collegiate Schools of Planning, American Planning Association, California State Assembly, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Mellon Foundation, MIT, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Research Council/Ford Foundation, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Southern Methodist University’s Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD) and John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, and Southwest Airlines. He received a doctorate in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design as well as a Master’s in City Planning and a Certificate in Urban Design from MIT. Previously, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Latino Studies at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Arroyo has over 20 years of experience working with various arts and urbanism-related nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies in research, grantmaking, and technical assistance capacities across the US, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. They include Americans for the Arts, ArtPlace America, Bahamas National Trust, California Department of Transportation, The California Endowment, The Getty Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, LA Conservancy, LA County Arts Commission, LA Department of Cultural Affairs, Leveraging Investments in Creativity, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Mexico’s Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores (Infonavit), National Trust for Historic Preservation, Surdna Foundation, and The World Bank. Additionally, Arroyo has served as the Project Manager for the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Previously, he was an Executive Fellow at the Coro Foundation’s Southern California Center for Civic Leadership. In 2012 he co-founded Project 51, a UCLA-sponsored public humanities project about the L.A. River supported by ArtPlace America and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.

The son of Mexican immigrants, his commitment to social justice and overall approach to teaching, research, and service is rooted in his experience being born and raised in East L.A.


PhD (urban planning, policy, and design), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2018)

MCP (city planning), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2010)

Certificate (urban design), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (2010)

B.A. (public relations, minor in planning, policy, and development), University of Southern California (USC) (2002)