Urban Society and Social Change
"As a student of Earth Systems, it is important to me to incorporate the urban sphere (physical, environmental, cultural, and political) into my studies and future work."
"It's the perfect major to study a combination of macro and micro patterns in people, history, politics, and more. I'd like to work in a field of social justice and cities are a hotbed of opportunities to do so."
Only by studying where and how the majority of humans live can we bring urban spaces to their full potential and preserve the indispensable natural entities surrounding them.
"I love how interdisciplinary Urban Studies is, and how supportive the department is of students' interests and growth."
I've been the Associate Director of the Program on Urban Studies since the fall of 2003; I'm also a senior lecturer in Urban Studies and, sometimes, in History.
I teach both introductory and upper-level courses in Urban Studies, and I teach courses on the history of American cities, including:
Deland Chan is the Assistant Director of Urban Studies for Community Based Learning and the Human Cities Initiative
at Stanford University. She teaches project-based courses open to undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines that focus on sustainable cities and human-centered design. She serves as the academic adviser for Urban Studies majors in the Urban Sustainability concentration.