Jonathan Jae-an Crisman
- Assistant Professor, Public / Applied Humanities
- Assistant Professor, Institute for LGBT Studies
- Assistant Professor, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
- Member of the Graduate Faculty
Jonathan Jae-an Crisman is an artist and urban scholar whose work considers the intersections between culture, politics, and place. His book Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City (MIT Press, 2020), co-authored with Dana Cuff, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Todd Presner, and Maite Zubiaurre, stakes out new disciplinary terrain for the humanities. His current research focuses on the role that art and culture can play as forms of political engagement in gentrifying cities, and (with collaborator Maite Zubiaurre) on the forensic, cultural, and political practices around migrant death in the Borderlands. Work from his collaborative art practice has been shown at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, the West Bund Biennial of Arts and Architecture, and the Reykjavík Arts Festival. He was formerly the founding Project Director and Core Faculty for the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, and was a research affiliate with USC’s Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB) where he worked with Annette Kim on humanizing cartographic representation. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California, Master of Architecture and Master in City Planning degrees from MIT, and a BA in Architectural Studies, Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA.
- Ph.D. Urban Planning and Development
- University of Southern California
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Master in City Planning
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Center for Digital Humanities Fellowship
- University of Arizona, Spring 2020
Arts and Cultural Policy; Spatial Justice and Critical GIS; Public Participation; Border Studies; Pacific Rim Urbanism; Ethnic and Immigrant Placemaking; Architecture, Urban Design and the Built Environment
Asian Pacific American CulturePAH 260 (Fall 2021)
The Human ConditionPAH 420 (Fall 2021)
Life in the City of TomorrowPAH 160D4 (Summer I 2021)
Life in the City of TomorrowPAH 160D4 (Spring 2021)
The Human ConditionPAH 420 (Spring 2021)
Intro to Applied HumanitiesPAH 200 (Fall 2020)
The Human ConditionPAH 420 (Fall 2020)
MemesPAH 160D3 (Summer I 2020)
Intro to Applied HumanitiesPAH 200 (Spring 2020)
The Human ConditionPAH 420 (Spring 2020)
Intro to Applied HumanitiesPAH 200 (Fall 2019)
- Cuff, D., Loukaitou-Sideris, A., Presner, T., Zubiaurre, M., & Crisman, J. (2020). Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Crisman, J. (2021). Art and the Aesthetics of Cultural Gentrification: The Cases of Boyle Heights and Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. In Aesthetics of Gentrification: Seductive Spaces and Exclusive Communities in the Neoliberal City. University of Amsterdam Press.
- Crisman, J. (2021). Swamp Reclamation and the Life Web: An Interview with Newton Harrison. In Swamps and the New Imagination. Sternberg Press.
- Crisman, J. (2020). From the Dust of Bad Stars: Disaster, Resilience, and Placemaking in Little Tokyo. In The Routledge Handbook of Placemaking. Routledge.
- Crisman, J., McAllister, K. S., & Ruggill, J. (2020). In Praise of Stupid: Games, Play, and Ideology in the Smart City. In Games and Play in the Creative, Smart & Sustainable City.
- Crisman, J., & Kim, A. (2020). Property outlaws in the Southland: The potential and limits of guerrilla urbanism in the cases of arts gentrification in Boyle Heights and street vending decriminalization in Los Angeles. Urban Design International, 25(2), 179-191. doi:https://doi.org/10.1057/s41289-019-00104-7More infoReprint of article originally published in 2019
- Crisman, J. (2021, Jan). Digital Humanities Research and Impact. Office for Research, Innovation and Impact, University of Arizona.
- Crisman, J. (2021, Jan). Visioning a Cooler City: Participatory Planning for Extreme Heat Resilience. National Council for Science and the Environment Annual Conference.
- Crisman, J. (2020, Dec). Recent Work. Bachelor of General Studies Program, College of Humanities, University of Arizona.
- Crisman, J. (2020, Jan). Forensic Empathy: Mapping Death in the US-Mexico Borderlands. Mapping for Change / Cartographies of the Urban: Intersectionality and Climate Change Adaptation Symposium. Berlin, Germany: TU Berlin / K-LAB.
- Crisman, J. (2020, Nov). Aesthetics of Gentrification: Seductive Spaces and Exclusive Communities in the Neoliberal City. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference.
- Crisman, J. (2020, Oct). Spatial Justice in Little Tokyo. 11th Annual Tucson Humanities Festival: TOWARD JUSTICE. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona College of Humanities.
- Crisman, J. (2020, Sep). Organizing as Architectural Labor. 6° Symposium. Los Angeles, CA: Art + Practice, Craft Contemporary, ICA LA, Materials & Applications, NAVEL, and Underground Museum.
- Crisman, J., & Turesky, M. (2020, Nov). 50 Years of Pride: Queer Organizing as Radical Urban Planning. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference.
- Crisman, J. (2019, Aug). Sunset Market Plaza: Meditations on Strip-Malls in Los Angeles. Book Launch. Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles.
- Crisman, J. (2019, Dec). Art and Culture as Community Development in Immigrant Neighborhoods: The Case of Little Tokyo, Los Angeles as part of Grand Challenge 1 Session, Redress Inequality/Injustice In re-envisioning the Built Environment. Restruct Built Environment Research Symposium. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona.
- Crisman, J. (2019, Dec). Towards a Culture of Calling-In over Calling-Out. GLU 02. Brooklyn, NY.
- Crisman, J. (2019, Nov). Humanist Mapping. University of Arizona GIS Day. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Libraries.
- Crisman, J. (2019, Nov). Reflecting on Martin Krieger’s ‘What’s wrong with plastic trees?’. 90th Anniversary Research Symposium: Celebrating our Past, Present, and Future. Los Angeles, CA: USC Price School.
- Crisman, J. (2019, Oct). Urban Humanities: New Practices for Reimagining the City. NEXT Tucson Humanities Festival. Tucson, AZ: College of Humanities, University of Arizona.
- Crisman, J. (2019, Sept). Faith, People, and Place: A PAAC Conversation on Urban Planning. PAAC Speaker Series. Online: PAAC.
- Crisman, J., Keith, L., Garfin, G., & Lieu, D. (2020. Chill City. Digital - http://chill-city.com/.
- Crisman, J., Wong, H., & Morales, P. (2020. QNA 01: Year of the Rat. Multimedia Event & Performance. Los Angeles, CA.
- Crisman, J., Wong, H., & Morales, P. (2020. QNA 02: Quarantine & Me. Multimedia Event & Performance.
- Crisman, J. (2019, Dec). Protecting Ibasho: The Impact of the Arts and Culture in Little Tokyo. Sustainable Little Tokyo.More infoFunded by Surdna Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and ArtPlace America. With support from California Arts Council.