José Meléndez

Assistant Professor
Planning, Public Policy and Management
Research Interests:
Civic engagement, Design-based research, Designing for equity, Designing learning environments, Designing participatory processes, Discourse analysis, Activity systems, Latino/a/x immigrants, Collective & system level learning, Learning Sciences
Phone: 541-346-2142
Office: Hendricks 111

Dr. Meléndez is Assistant Professor of Planning for Engaging Diverse Communities at the University of Oregon’s School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. As a learning scientist/urban planner, he investigates participatory processes as contexts for adult learning in community settings. Dr. Meléndez’ research explores the interrelation among the environment, participants, and language, and how each of these components works to facilitate participation and learning in democratic activity such as participatory planning and budgeting processes.

As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Meléndez’ novel use of qualitative methods to research democratic activity pushes the boundaries of theory and concept building in the areas of civic engagement, learning, and participation. His work and research focuses on communities usually absent in decision-making processes, such as Latino/a/x immigrant communities, and he seeks to combine theoretical and practical solutions for community-development settings.

Additionally,Dr. Meléndez leads half-day professional development workshops for improving teaching effectiveness for instructors in the social and applied sciences at the annual Urban Affairs Association conference. Dr. Meléndez received his doctorate from the Learning Sciences program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with a co-discipline in Urban Planning and Policy. 

Selected Publications:

Meléndez, J. W. (2018). Invited commentary: Aligning our pedagogy and practices with our cultural competency goals. In the eJournal of Public Affairs
Meléndez, J. W., & Martinez-Cosio, M. (2018). Designing for equitable civic engagement: Participatory design and discourse in contested spaces. In the Journal of Civil Societydoi: 10.1080/17448689.2018.1559471
Meléndez, J. W., & Parker, B. (2019). Learning in participatory planning processes: Taking advantage
of concepts and theories across disciplines. In the Journal of Planning Theory & Practicedoi:10.1080/14649357.2018.1558748.
Meléndez, J. W., & Radinsky, J. (2018). From stunted limitations to awakened imaginaries: Expansive learning among Latino immigrant participants in participatory budgeting. In J. Kay & R. Luckin (Eds.), Rethinking learning in the digital age: Making the learning sciences count,
13th international conference of the learning sciences (ICLS) 2018(pp. 1635–1636). London: International Society of the Learning Sciences.