Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship Profile (2018–19)

Edna Ledesma, PhD is the recipient of the Carlos E. Castañeda Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mexican American Studies for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Edna Ledesma received a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University, a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. She is a Ford Foundation Fellow. Her research focuses around an understanding of the spatial configuration of the 21st century American city, in particular the landscape of immigrant populations, micro-economies, and how inclusion within the design process can build more pluralistic places. Her work seeks to bridge the gap between communities and city governments to help define the design agency of Latinos in the U.S., a traditionally under-represented group, through both research and practice. Her primary objective under the CMAS fellowship is to prepare a book manuscript on lessons for the design of the Just Latino City.

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