Courtney Knapp, AICP is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning in the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at the Pratt Institute. Courtney teaches studios as well as courses in planning methods, main street revitalization, housing, and social planning. Her book, Constructing the Dynamo of Dixie: Race, Urban Planning, and Urban Cosmopolitanism in Chattanooga, Tennessee, (University of North Carolina Press 2018), examines the politics of racialized placemaking and urban development over the course of the city's three century history. She has published about radical planning in the South, anarchist approaches to community planning, collaboration with public libraries, and integrating critical autobiographical writing into education and community engagement processes. Her current research examines the local planning dimensions of community reentry and integration among formerly incarcerated populations. She is also involved with a mixed method study of the community engagement process leading to the re-envisioning of Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. Courtney previously worked in Massachusetts and New York as an affordable housing, economic development, and public space planner, and was an Assistant Professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona between 2014-2018. She is a former Board member of the Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association.
Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
M.A. Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University
M.A. Gender/ Cultural Studies, Simmons College
B.A. Philosophy and Political Science, Simmons College