Jacob A. Wagner, PhD, AICP

Associate Professor, Director of Urban Studies; co-founder of the Center for Neighborhoods

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Office: 106D Katz Hall
Phone: (816) 235-1725
Email: wagnerjaco@umkc.edu


Doctor of Philosophy, Urban Studies
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Master of Community and Regional Planning
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Bachelor of Arts, Human Geography
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR


Jacob A. Wagner, PHD is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning & Design at UMKC and the Director of the Urban Studies Program. He joined the University of Missouri in 2005. He is a member of the editorial board of the international Journal of Urban Design.

He served as the Principal Investigator for the project entitled Planning for Heritage Tourism, Housing Resettlement and Neighborhood Economic Recovery in New Orleans, Louisiana, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2006-2008. This work supported the recovery of thousands of local businesses in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and to the development of the Lafitte Greenway – an urban greenway in the heart of the city.

In 2007, the Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Association in Kansas City, Missouri invited Dr. Wagner to develop a neighborhood plan with local residents. This marked the beginning of his work with Kansas City neighborhoods. In 2015, Dr. Wagner established the UMKC Center for Neighborhoods (CFN) as a nonpartisan research and outreach center with the support of Missouri Senator Shalonn Curls.

In 2017, Dr. Wagner’s research helped to earn Kansas City a designation by UNESCO as a Creative City of Music. Kansas City Missouri is an active member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and the only City of Music in the United States. Dr. Wagner has published planning research in the Journal of Planning History, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Cityscape: HUD’s Journal of Policy Development and Research, the Journal of Urban Design, and the Journal of Urbanism.

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