2007 Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, Ph.D.
2000 Government Administration, University of Pennsylvania, M.G.A
1995 English and French Literature, University of Virginia, B.A.
Introduction Anne Taufen joined the Urban Studies faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma in 2008, and was tenured in 2015. Her research focuses on equitable governance, port city infrastructures, and the social-ecological networks of urban regions.
Teaching, Service, Research
Dr. Taufen was hired to implement the BA degree in Sustainable Urban Development, the first of its kind in the US. As part of the successful launch of this degree, she created the Urban Studies Forum Urban Studies Forum in 2010.
Building on this commitment to engaged pedagogy and equitable development, Dr. Taufen led the creation of the MA in Community Planning, in 2015. This graduate program trains students to be change agents and leaders in creating just, livable, and inclusive communities, in the South Sound and beyond. You can read more about the MACP here and you can view some of the first studio projects here. Dr. Taufen currently serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator, and enjoys keeping in touch with our growing ranks of alumni, who are working in local and regional non-profits, in research and advocacy, and at all levels of government.
In 2017-2018, Dr. Taufen agreed to serve as a faculty co-director for the UW Livable City Year program during its partner year with the City of Tacoma. In this role, she made sure that UWT faculty and courses remained visible, helping to match nearly half of the projects with Tacoma faculty, and drawing attention and resources to what would become the Office of Community Partnerships. You can read more here.
Dr. Taufen represents the UW on the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Cities and Landscapes hub of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), where she has led a working group on port city waterfronts since its inception. Currently, she is co-editing a Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim (Routledge, forthcoming 2021) (with Yizhao Yang, University of Oregon), and is an instructor for the Asia-Pacific Mayors’ Academy, a partnership between APRU and UN-ESCAP.
Beyond her academic commitments, Dr. Taufen serves on the board of Citizens for a Healthy Bay (CHB), which for 30 years has led community advocacy for the health of South Sound marine waters, and takes a strong stance for climate justice and racially, culturally inclusive waterway development; she is also an active volunteer with Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.), a Black-led classical arts and youth education organization.
Taufen, Anne, Lisa Hoffman, and Ken Yocom. Unveiling Infrastructures: Alliances, Indicators, and the Relational Assemblage of Port City Waterfronts. Politics, Territory, Governance. Special Issue, Regional Infrastructures.
Taufen, Anne. “Co-production and Sustainable Development.” Introduction to Section 9, Co-production and Sustainable Development, ed. Anne Taufen, Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim, eds. Yizhao Yang and Anne Taufen. London and New York: Routledge.
Yang, Yizhao and Anne Taufen. “Aligning local indicators, national priorities, and global goals: evaluating Chengdu's "Park City" as sustainable urban development.” Submitted to Socio-Ecological Practice Research. (Revise and Resubmit).
Taufen, Anne and Ken Yocom. (2021). Transitions in Urban Waterfronts: Imagining, Contesting, and Sustaining the Aquatic/Terrestrial Interface. Sustainability 13(1): 366-377. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010366
Taufen, Anne and Anneka Olson. (2020). Practice-Based Politicization: Planning Reports as Actants in a University–Community Partnership. Journal of Planning Education and Research. August 6, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0739456X20945378
Taufen, Anne. (2019). “Politicization of Community Development: Universities as Boundary Objects.” Chapter 12 in Politics and Conflict in Governance and Planning, eds Klaus Frey and Ayda Eraydin. London and New York: Routledge.
Barry, Janice, Megan Horst, Andy Inch, Crystal Legacy, Susmita Rishi, Juan J. Rivero, Anne Taufen, Juliana Zanotto, and Andrew Zitcer. (2018). Unsettling Planning Theory. Planning Theory. 17(3): 418-438.
Taufen Wessells, Anne and Raul Lejano. (2017). Urban waterways and waterfront spaces: Social construction of a common good. Journal of the Southwest. 59(1-2): 106-132.
Taufen Wessells, Anne. (2017). Public Reason and the Planning Academic. Planning Theory and Practice. 18(1): 163-167.
Goldstein, Bruce, Anne Taufen Wessells, Raul Lejano, and William Butler. (2015; Online First, 2013). Narrating Resilience: Transforming Cities Through Collaborative Storytelling. Urban Studies. 52(7): 1285-1303.
Taufen Wessells, Anne. (2014). “Ways of Knowing the Los Angeles River Watershed: Getting from Engaged Participation to Inclusive Deliberation,” chapter in Varieties of Civic Innovation: Deliberative, Collaborative, Network, and Narrative Approaches, eds. Carmen Sirianni and Jennifer Girouard. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
Taufen Wessells, Anne. (2014). Urban blue space and the “project of the century”: Doing justice on the Seattle waterfront and for local residents. Buildings. 4(4): 764-784.
Taufen Wessells, Anne. (2011). “The ‘ultimate team sport’?: Urban waterways and youth rowing in Seattle,” chapter in The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequity and Transformation in Marginalized Communities, eds. Sharon E. Sutton and Susan P. Kemp, London: Palgrave Macmillan Press.
Taufen Wessells, Anne. (2010). Place-based conservation and urban waterways: watershed activism in the bottom of the basin. Natural Resources Journal, 50(2), Summer 2010.
Lejano, Raul and Anne Taufen Wessells. (2006). Community and Economic Development: Seeking Common Ground in Discourse and Practice. Urban Studies. 43(9): 1469-1489, August.
Work in Progress
Yang, Yizhao and Anne Taufen, eds. Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim. Routledge Environment and Sustainability series, expected publication Autumn 2021.
Yang, Yizhao, Anne Taufen, Sara Padgett Kjaersgaard, eds. Special Issue: Sustainable Urbanization Through Urban-Rural Co-development. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.
Taufen, Anne. Facing Forward: Green-Blue-Grey Infrastructure and Healthy Regional Development. Special Issue: Sustainable Urbanization Through Urban-Rural Co-development. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, eds. Yang, Taufen, Padgett Kjaersgaard.
Taufen, Anne (with Yizhao Yang, Kyla Wright, Ashleigh Williams, Emelyn Hernandez, Lynette Crumity, author order TBD). Indicators as Relational Tools: Foregrounding Equity in Urban-Rural Spatial Development. Proposal accepted for IPPA 2021, Barcelona, Spain, July 2021.
Taufen, Anne, Catherine Evans, Mike Harris, Steven Livesley. Spaces that Work: Industrial Waterfronts and Sustainable Development. Prepared from 2019 SCL/APRU sessions, Transitions in Port City Waterfronts, Sydney, Australia, August 2019. Planned submission to Journal of Urban Affairs.
Taufen, Anne, Cheryl Contant, Mark Pendras, Lisa Hoffman. “Flipping Program Assessment: Using Student Learning Outcomes to build critical coherence in a community planning curriculum.”
Taufen, Anne.Urban blue space: Discourse and Practice. Monograph.
Taufen, Anne and Jennifer Arnold. Constructing Grounded Practice: Roadmap to Civic Engagement, UW Livable City Year, and the Community Planning studio. Session on Engaged Scholarship, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), Sacramento, CA, March 2019.