MS, Urban Planning, Columbia University
AB, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University
Areas of Interest:Colonialism, socio-spatial segregation, urban history, urban theory
Thomas Bassett is a UCLA Urban Planning doctoral student. His research is rooted in history and colonialism while exploring urban theory that can represent and understand all cities, elevating the experience of the Global South. He is also interested in how historical planning decisions have created socio-spatial segregation in contemporary cities. Prior to starting at UCLA, he worked for a decade as a practicing planner at small and large non-profits, in the private sector, and with the federal government. The majority of his work has been in Latin America, specifically Brazil and continues to study the country today. His past projects have included housing and community development in Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru, economic development in Iowa, and slum upgrading in South Africa, among others. He has given presentations at various conferences as well as participating in numerous domestic and international workshops. Since the Spring of 2020, he has been a lecturer at California State University, Northridge in the Urban Studies and Planning Department. He holds an AB from Brown University in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University.