- Research Interests/Specializations
Areas of interest:
- Heritage preservation and cultural property law
- Transitional justice (reconciliation, reparations and restitution)
- WWII militarization/demilitarized landscapes and architecture
- Race, incarceration and penal institution
- Solidarity, social movements and resistance
- Geographic Areas: WWII confinement camps in Alaska, Hawai'i and British Columbia
- M.Arch (Post-Professional), Urban Design and Housing, McGill University
- MLA (Professional) Landscape Architecture, University of Guelph
- MLA-Exchange, Coursework in M.Sc. Architectural Conservation, University of Edinburgh
- B.Arts Sc. Arts and Science and Art History, McMaster University
I am a landscape architect / landscape historian studying histories of cultural resource management as they intertwine with redress, reconciliation and recognition politics. My research combines social history, environmental history and legal history and I engage with cultural landscape studies, critical race and indigenous studies, postcolonial theory, historical archaeology, material culture studies, and critical legal geography.
For 2017-2018, my research is supported by the Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) Fellowship.
- Courses Taught
Spring 2018. ENVDES R3B: Energy, Sustainability and Society. Reading and Comprehension. College of Environmental Design. Instructor: Desiree Valadares; Faculty Mentor: Renee Chow
Fall 2017. ARCH 179: Writing on the Walls, Fall 2017. Art of Writing at the Townsend Center. Architecture Department. Faculty Instructor: Prof. Andy Shanken
Fall 2016. HISTART 187AC: Race and Representation in the Twentieth Century in the United States. History of Art Department. Faculty Instructor: Prof. Lauren Kroiz
- Awards + Recognition
- Regent's Fellowship for Graduate Study, UC Berkeley, 2015-2018
- Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship, 2018-2020
- Selected Publications
Valadares, D. "Dispossessing the Wilderness: Environmental Peace building and Reconciliation in Canada’s National Parks" in Jeroen Rodenberg and Pieter Wagenaar eds. Cultural Contestation: Heritage, Identity and the Role of Government. Palgrave Macmillan. 2018.