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Bri Gauger

Ph.D. Student in Urban Planning
Dissertation: Urban Planning and its Feminist Histories

Bri is a PhD candidate in urban planning and a graduate certificate student in women’s studies. Building on years of experience as a community organizer, Bri completed a master’s degree from USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2014 with a concentration in social and community planning. She is driven by planning's potential to dismantle systemic and spatialized forms of oppression and is interested in how urban planning interacts with social norms at the intersections of gender, race, and class.

Bri’s dissertation, Urban Planning and its Feminist Histories, examines feminist thought and women’s activism in the planning academy from 1965 to the present. Relying on oral history accounts from feminist planning scholars, archival documents, and published materials, this project explores how ideas and strategies have traveled between feminism and planning and examines the institutional and informal practices that have shaped the meanings of feminism in the discipline. The dissertation traces the contradictory legacy of feminism in planning’s intellectual history and evaluates the impacts on contemporary approaches to planning theory, scholarship, and education.

Selected Publications

  • Gauger, Bri. Forthcoming. “From the Women’s Movement to the Planning Academy: Feminist Urban Planning, 1970-1985.” In Feminist Geography Unbound: Discomfort, Bodies, and Prefigured Futures, edited by Banu Gökarisel, Michael Brian Hawkins, Christopher M. Neubert, and Sara H. Smith, 310–44. West Virginia University Press.
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