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​J​ennifer Steffel Johnson

Instructor and Associate Chair

Contact Information

Phone: 303.315.0061 

Office Location: CU Denver Building, 320P

Office Hours: By appointment​


Planning and Design

Degrees Held

  • ​Bachelor’s degree specializing in interior design and housing economics, Cornell University

  • Master’s degree in the Architecture of Affordable Homes, McGill University

  • PhD in Design and Planning, University of Colorado Denver 
    “Mixed-Income Housing: A Conceptual Model and Critical Discourse           Analysis”) 

Research Interests

Jenny's research and teaching interests focus on issues of housing affordability, social justice, community development, the role of housing in communities, the effects of mixed-income housing, and design that supports diverse populations.


Professional Activities

Jenny’s previous work experience includes being the Senior Policy Analyst for the Partnership for Working Families, the Director of Cooperative Education for the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern Arizona University, and the Assistant Director of Housing Programs for a Washington, D.C.-area non-profit organization. Additionally, for nearly two decades she has been a professional academic copy editor, including being the staff copy editor for the University of Colorado’s Children, Youth and Environments journal. Prior to working at CU Denver, Jenny taught many courses (ranging from AutoCAD to Environment and Behavior) at Northern Arizona University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. ​

Most Recent Courses

  • Urban Housing

  • Community Development

  • Social Justice in Planning

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