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Judith A Martin

Judith A Martin

University Affiliations

  • Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs: MURP Program
  • Law School


The University of Minnesota mourns the loss of Professor Judith Martin, who passed away October 3, 2011.

My research and teaching is broadly urban in scope, having never focused on one particular issue or question, or even in one particular discipline. I have taught, done research and published in many diverse areas: traditional urban geographical questions (Twin Cities governance), landscape and cultural concerns (historical preservation, urban design), and, increasingly, comparative urban issues. My usual approach to most of my work is pragmatic and applied; this is firmly based in my experiences beyond the University. For example, I was president of the Minneapois City Planning Commission for 8 years, and a member for 15. I have often used the Twin Cities as a base for my work, due to my early belief that all too much urban research ignored the experiences of the most typical of American urban areas. I am currently the editor of Metropolican Portraits Book Series (University of Pennsylvania Press). I am interested in a wide range of urban/cultural geography questions, and look forward to working with students, including many from outside geography, who share some of these wide-ranging interests.


  • urban planning, policy, and governance
  • North American and European cities
  • urban sprawl
  • urban renewal and historic preservation
  • landscape and culture


  • "A County and its Cities: Hennepin Community Works": Martin, Judith, J. Jacobson, Blackwell, Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol. 30 #3 , 2008.
  • "Reinventing the Riverfront". Martin, Judith, Toward the Livable City, Milkweed Press, 2003.
  • “What the Neighbors Want". Martin, Judith, P. Pentel, Journal of the American Planning Association, 2002.
  • "Commonplace Images of Metropolitan Life". Martin, Judith, S.B. Warner Jr., Imaging the City, CUPR Press, Rutgers, 2001.
  • "New Planning Goals and the Experience of Chicago's West Suburbs". Martin, Judith, S. B. Warner, Jr., The American Planning Tradition, Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2000.
  • "Renegotiating Metropolitan Consciousness". Martin, Judith, Metropolitan Governance, Institute for Intergovernmental Studies, University of California, 1998.

Research Activities

  • Urban planning and public policy: articles and essays, ongoing
  • General Editor: Metropolitan Portraits Book Series, 1999

Creative Activities

  • Editor, Metropolitan Portraits Series, University of Pennsylvania Press

Professional Activities

  • Urban Affairs Association: Board Member , 1997-2003 - Board Chair 2001-03
  • Fellow: Lincoln Institute for Land Policy , 1997 - 2008

Outreach Activities

  • Minneapolis Planning Commision: Member 1991, Vice-President 1993- - President 1998-2006
  • Consultant: Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce & Board of Realtors, 1996 - 2007
  • Board of Directors: Minnesota Fringe Festival, 2005 - present
  • Board Member: Hennepin County Historical Society, 1984 - 1990


  • Morse Amoco/Alumni Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1996
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, University of Minnesota, 1998
  • Community Service Award, 1999
  • Jerome Foundation Book Arts Award, 1999
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Continuing Education, 2005
  • CLA Alumnus of Achievement, 2006
  • President's Award for Outstanding Service, University of Minnesota, 2009

Courses Taught

  • UrbS 1001/3001 - Introduction to Urban Studies: The Complexity of Metropolitan Life
  • Geog 1973/3973 - Geography of the Twin Cities
  • UrbS 5101 - The City and the Metropolis: An Exploration
  • PA 5290 -- Professional Planning Practice
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