Faculty & Staff

Luis Aponte-Parés, PhD

Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning, College of Public and Community Service


Areas of Expertise

Community development and urban planning, cultural studies, activism and social/institutional history in Puerto Rican and Latino communities


PhD, Columbia University
MS Arch, Columbia University
BArch, Catholic University

Additional Information

Professor Aponte-Parés has been teaching undergraduate courses in community planning and community service management at CPCS since 1994. His work includes development of collaborative projects with neighborhood groups in the Boston Metropolitan area for the Center for Community Planning. Professor Aponte-Parés was the first director of the Latino Studies Program, a multi-disciplinary and inter-collegiate Program of Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  His research focuses on (a) documenting attempts made by Latino community development organizations in Boston and New York City in envisioning and/or imagining their community in space in the increasingly complex and discontinuous post-industrial urban environments, and (b) research on issues of identity of Latino gays. Professor Aponte-Parés' current research explores the "invention' of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in United States pop culture.