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Author • Educator • Artist • Urbanist







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Art, urban planning and social justice: three themes that weave strongly throughout Dr. Matthew ("Matt") Jordan Miller's professional, civic and personal life.

Dr. Miller is a first-generation college graduate hailing from the Bay Area who recently earned his Ph.D. in urban planning and development from the University of Southern California's Price School of Public Policy - the first African-American to do so in their 90-year history. He was a dual researcher at the Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB) and the Price Center for Social Innovation as well as the founding newsletter manager for the Race, Arts and Placemaking (RAP) Program. 

Prior to, Dr. Miller earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Stanford University's Program in Urban Studies with Honors in 2012 and his Master in City Planning (MCP) degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2014. 

His work through these programs, which has been recognized by organizations as varied as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the National Academies of the Sciences, can be read about in detail in his curriculum vitae (CV).

During and since then, Dr. Miller has worked through fellowships and consultancies at governmental agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Stockton and the City of Los Angeles' Economic and Workforce Development Department. 

Dr. Miller is currently on the faculty as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, primarily based in the School of Design. He is finishing his book, based on his dissertation, exploring the geography of Black creative entrepreneurship in the United States, both broadly and with particular focus on the South Los Angeles communities in Crenshaw and Leimert Park.

He invites you to explore his work available here and connect with him about opportunities for: 

1) analysis (GIS, spatial analytics, community engagement),

2) authorship (policy briefs, literature reviews, articles, books) and

3) art (photography, documentaries, oral histories).





black geographies - uc bERKELEY
OCTOBER 12, 2017

I will be on a panel alongside several brilliant spatial thinkers addressing the prompt about the capaciousness of Black liberation. 

American collegiate schools in Planning conference

October 14, 2017

As one of the three winners of the POCIG Student Travel Award, I will be sharing some of my initial findings on the geographical clustering of race, cultural entrepreneurship, and economic performance.

Race, arts, placemaking newsletter

september 2017

The first issue of the RAP Newsletter is out! Check it out and subscribe to keep abreast of content about artists, creatives, and placemakers in Los Angeles and beyond.