Anne Taufen Wessells, Ph.D., MGA

Associate Professor
Phone
253-692-4319
Campus Box
358437
Degrees
Ph.D.
Social Ecology
University of California, Irvine
2007
M.G.A.
Government Administration
University of Pennsylvania
2000
B.A.
English and French Literature
University of Virginia
1995
Introduction

Anne Taufen Wessells is Associate Professor in the Urban Studies program at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her research focuses on planning for sustainable urban development, with two main areas of interest. First, her theoretical work is concerned with narrative constructions of urban spatial policy, and the recursive relationship between planning discourse and pragmatic action. This includes questions of inclusivity and equity – whom governance serves, and with what outcomes; as well as questions of socio-material change – how governing processes are held in place, influenced or transformed, with a focus on things, practices, and technologies. The second main area of research is a subset of environmental justice: public access to urban waterways. This work considers the planning, politics, history, and legality of how people use waterway spaces, and to what ends, an issue of increasing policy relevance as we face global climate change.