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Hemalata C. Dandekar Ph.D.

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Position Professor & Department Head
Phone 805.756.1315
Fax 805.756.1340
Office 05-313


B.Arch. University of Bombay 1967
M.Arch. University of Michigan 1969
Ph .D. Urban and Regional Planning University of California-Los Angeles 1978 Major field: Urban Regional Development Policy. Minor field: Economics

Professional License Architect California 1973- 2009

Areas of Interest

International Development Planning
Planning Methods
Gender and Environment
Vernacular Architecture

Planning Experience

Professor Dandekar has taught Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, UCLA, M.I.T., and Arizona State University. She has held several senior administrative positions including Associate Vice President of Research and Director Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies at the University of Michigan and Director of the School of Planning at Arizona State University. She is known for her work on rural-urban connections and globalization, on issues of gender and housing, and on vernacular architecture. Her edited book, Planner’s Use of Information (APA Press: 2003) is used in many planning programs in North America. She was a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow 1993-94 working on "Run Away" Urbanization in India. She was a Bunting Institute Fellow at Harvard doing research on rural women and development. Most recently she has worked on family farms and farm buildings in Michigan.

Current Courses

  • CRP 409: Internship
  • CRP 471: Bank of America Affordable Housing Challenge



Landscapes of the Heart and Mind: Michigan Family Farms and Farm Buildings, University of Michigan Press: Forthcoming, 2010

Building Sustainable housing on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Insights from Tecate, Baja California, School of Planning, ASU: 2007

The Planner's Use of Information: ed. APA Press: 2003 (Extensively revised Second Edition)

City, Space and Globalization: An International Perspective ed. College of Architecture and Urban Planning, The University of Michigan: 1998.

Scope for Public/Private Partnerships in City Infrastructure, ed. Proceedings of a Roundtable Discussion, University of Poona: 1994. With Shashikant B. Sawant.

Shelter, Women and Development: First and Third World Perspectives, ed. George Wahr Publishing Company: 1993.

The Planner's Use of Information: Techniques for Collection, Organization, and Communication, ed. APA Press: 1988. (Originally published by Hutchinson Ross: 1982.)

Men to Bombay, Women at Home: Urban Influence on Village Life in Deccan Maharashtra, India, 1942-82. Center for South and Southeast Asia Publications, University of Michigan: 1986.

Beyond Curry: Quick and Easy Indian Cooking, Featuring Cuisine from Maharashtra State. Center for South and Southeast Asia Publications, University of Michigan: 1983.

A Village in Transition, Study of Gulumb, Satara District, Maharashtra State,. Agro-Economic Research Unit, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics: 1978. With V. M. Dandekar, Sulabha Brahme, M. B. Jagtap.

Book Chapters

"A House of Your Own: The Value of Ghar for Village Women in Deccan Maharashtra" in Irina Glushkova and Rajendra Vora eds. House, Family and Kinship in Maharashtra. Oxford University Press: 1999, pp. 58-86.

"Images of Women in a Maharashtrian Village: A Photo Essay" in Anne Feldhaus ed. Images of Women in Maharashtrian Society. State University of New York Press: 1998, pp. 240-47.

"Changing Migration Strategies in Deccan Maharashtra India, 1885-1990" in Josef Gugler ed. Cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America: Issues, Theory, and Policy. Oxford University Press: 1997, pp.48-61.

"The Midwestern Farm" in Paul Oliver, ed. Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Cambridge University Press: 1997.


Paul Oliver, Ed., Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, Cambridge University Press: 1997, Part Two, Cultures and Habitats, VII North America, Mid-West and Lakes, "Farmsteads of Michigan’s Lower Peninsular"

Kathryn Bishop Eckert, Buildings of Michigan, Oxford University Press: 1993. Raab Farmstead, Bridgewater Township, Washtenaw County, p. 154. Stephen Crawford Farm, Springport Township, Lenawee County, pp. 190-191.

Photography Exhibits

Women's Access to Sites and Service: Mogappair Housing Project in Madras Ten black/white photographs and narrative. 1992. Exhibited in Slusser Gallery, CAUP, University of Michigan, May 1992.

The Michigan Farm and Its Buildings. Twenty-one 11x17 black/white photographs with accompanying audio tape narrative. 1989. Exhibited at several art galleries in State of Michigan.

Slide Sets

The Michigan Farm and Its Buildings Set of 120 color slides and 30 mins. narrative audio tape for use in classrooms. Can accompany the photographic exhibit. 1989. Copies available at Michigan Council for the Humanities.

Urban-Rural Linkage in India A set of 100 slides on Village Sugao, Deccan Maharashtra India, with narrative audio tape for use in classrooms. American Committee for South Asian Studies. The University of Michigan, 1987.


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