Dylan Stevenson

Assistant Professor

Dylan Stevenson’s (Prairie Band Potawatomi descent) research examines the relationships among Indigenous Planning, Historic Preservation, and Environmental Planning. More specifically, he’s interested in the concept of restoration and how it informs our collective responses to climate change, land ethics, and Indigenous cultural revitalization and resurgence. As the field of planning continues to develop approaches so that urban and rural communities can live more sustainably and ecologically in the face of climate impacts, it needs to centralize Indigenous epistemologies and worldviews to foster better relationships with the land while promoting Tribal sovereignty and self-determination as part of that process. Some of his previous research has explored how governments (Federal, State, and Tribal) normalize cultural values within their water planning activities and has published work analyzing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within planning educational programs. His current work focuses on the role of intangible cultural heritage (language, cultural practices, etc.) within environmental and indigenous planning practices.

Dylan holds an Associate degree in Liberal Arts from De Anza College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Planning from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Philosophy in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.