Keith Harris

Keith Harris is a Full Time Lecturer-Temporary in the Department of Urban Design & Planning. Keith currently teaches in our undergraduate program, Community Environment and Planning and in our online Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program. He also teaches in the Landscape Architecture department, and the Urban Studies program at University of Washington Tacoma.
“My research hovers around critical urban theory and investigates the political, economic, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions of the urbanization process. An erstwhile civil engineer, I tend to write on complex and contradictory landscapes and infrastructure, such as South Lake Union, the Elliott Bay Seawall, and the Los Angeles River, but I also write about grassroots urban politics in our region and translate critical theory and fiction that relates to the built environment from French and Spanish into English. This range of research corresponds, in part, to my wide variety of teaching experiences over the last decade in all of the CBE departments (except real estate), in the School of Urban Studies at UW-Tacoma, and especially in the Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) department on our campus.”