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Christopher Campbell

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Christopher Campbell, PhD
Chair, Department of Urban Design and Planning
Senior Lecturer Full-time, Urban Design and Planning
Director, Community, Environment, and Planning Program


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Office: 410J Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 543-6063
Fax: (206) 685-9597
Mailing Address:
University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3950 University Way NE
410J Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

My Research focuses on community and place-making at different scales and in different settings. I am particularly interested in the social aspects of place-making and the intersection of built form, social behavior, and culture. With a background in cultural sociology and theory, I’m fascinated with how people and groups create meaningful places out of ordinary urban spaces, and how these meanings in turn shape social life and personal identities. I have applied these ideas to studies of neighborhood in Los Angeles,Seattle, and Russia, to investigations of historical trauma among indigenous populations, and to the creation of community in high rises and other “vertical environments”. I teach primarily in the undergraduate program, Community, Environment, and Planning (CEP), but also work regularly with Master and Ph.D. students on thesis work and other research. I’m especially interested in alternative forms of instruction, and have been nominated for or received five teaching awards at the UW. As an administrator, I have served as the CEP Director since 2010. I was a member of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Academic Affairs administrative team from 2008-2013 where I developed campus-wide undergraduate policy and programming. I was appointed Chair of the Department of Urban Design and Planning in summer 2014.


Ph.D. in Sociology at University of California, Los Angeles (2002)
M.A. in Sociology at University of California, Los Angeles (1994)
B.A. in African Studies at the University of Washington (1990)


Selected Publications

Campbell, C. and Evans-Campbell, T. (2011): Indigenist Oppression and Resistance in Indian Child Welfare: Reclaiming our Children. Pp 295-314 in Social Welfare Policy: Regulation and Resistance Among People of Color. J. Schiele (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage Publications.

Evans-Campbell, T., and Campbell, C. (2011). Historical Trauma and Native American Child Development and Mental Health: An Overview. Pp 1-26 in American Indian and Alaska Native Children’s Mental Health: Development, Context Prevention, and Treatment. M. Sarche, P. Spicer, P. Farrell, and H. Fitzgerald (eds.). Santa Barbara, CA, Praeger.

University of Washington
Department of Urban Design and Planning · 410 Gould Hall · Box 355740 · Seattle, WA 98195-5740 · Phone: (206) 543-4190 · Fax: (206) 685-9597 · email: udp@uw.edu