Jennifer Steffel Johnson

Jennifer Steffel Johnson

Assistant Professor CTT & Associate Chair
  • Planning and Design Department (CAP)

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Office Hours: By appointment

My previous work experience includes being the Senior Policy Analyst for the Partnership for Working Families, the Director of Cooperative Education for the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern Arizona University, and the Assistant Director of Housing Programs for a Washington, D.C.-area non-profit organization. Additionally, I have been a professional academic copy editor for nearly two decades, including being the staff copy editor for the University of Colorado’s Children, Youth and Environments journal. Prior to working at CU Denver, I taught many courses (ranging from AutoCAD to Environment and Behavior) at Northern Arizona University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Most Recent Courses:

  • Urban Housing

  • Community Development

  • Social Justice in Planning

Areas of Expertise

Affordable housing, social justice, diverse communities, mixed-income housing, community development, experiential education

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree specializing in interior design and housing economics, Cornell University

  • Master’s degree in the Architecture of Affordable Homes, McGill University

  • PhD in Design and Planning, University of Colorado Denver 
     (Dissertation: “Mixed-Income Housing: A Conceptual Model and Critical Discourse           Analysis”)