Harris - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Dr. John C. Harris


Florida State University
PhD, Urban and Regional Planning

Florida State University
MSP, Concentration in Urban and Regional Planning for Developing Areas

Wheaton College
BA, Sociology; BA, History; Minor in Spanish; Certificate in Urban Studies

Professional Credentials

American Institute of Certified Planners, APA/AICP. (August 2015-Present).

Member, American Institute of Certified Planners. (2015-Present).

Member, American Planning Association. (2008-Present).

Selected Publications

Harris, J.C., & Little, S. (2019). “Mapping Hope: How Do Vulnerable Youth Locate Hope in Informal Settlements?”. Urban Forum.

Harris, J.C. (2018). “What Are the Land Delivery and Land Holding Mechanisms for African Informal Light Manufacturing Clusters?”. Urban Forum.

Harris, J. C. (2018). African American Women’s Perspectives on Neighborhood Safety: Evidence from the Women of Northeast Oklahoma City Photovoice Project. Gender, Place and Culture. (Revising to Resubmit)

Harris, J. C. (2017). “Vulnerable youth’s perspectives and priorities for informal settlements: Photovoice evidence from Lusaka, Zambia.” Journal of Planning Education and Research.

Harris, J. C. (2016). “Joint Action In Nairobi’s Informal Production Clusters.” International Development Planning Review.

Harris, J. C. (2015). “The Confounding Influence of Urban Informality on Innovation and Production Specialization in Production Clusters: Evidence from Nairobi.” African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, Vol. 6, No. 6.

Harris, J. C. (2015). “Accra’s unregulated market oriented sanitation strategy: Problems and opportunity.” Untamed Urbanisms, NY, NY: Routledge, 150-164.


OU Presidential Professorship, OU. (April 2018).

David L. Boren Award for Outstanding Global Engagement, OU. (2017).

Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Harris, J. C., Davidson, M. D., Demir, F., “OU FIP,” Sponsored by OU VPR, The University of Oklahoma, $14,820. (March 2018 – June 2019).

Harris, J. C., Beach, S. A., “Grassroots Women’s Peace Conference,” Sponsored by Pros for Africa, Private, $5,000. (2018).

Harris, J. C.,, “Program for Research Enhancement,” The University of Oklahoma, $5,000. (2017 – 2018).

Jourdan, D. E. (Principal Investigator), Harris, J. C. (Co-Principal Investigator), Wieters, K. M. (Co-Principal Investigator), “Tribal Climate Change Planning Initiative,” Sponsored by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Federal. (February 15, 2015-December 31, 2016).

Moore, B. (Principal Investigator), Harris, J. C. (Co-Principal Investigator), Jourdan, D. E. (Co-Principal Investigator), “Jourdan–Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Workshop for Tribal Leaders. Tribal Climate Change and Extreme Event Response Studies to Identify Vulnerability Assessments,” Sponsored by U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Federal. (August 1, 2014-July 31, 2015).