Jesus Barajas

Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

M218 Temple Buell Hall 611 E Taft Drive
Champaign IL 61820

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Jesus Barajas's research addresses questions central to transportation equity. His work investigates the relationships between the built environment, social factors, and transportation policy on travel behavior and safety for historically disadvantaged population groups.

Dr. Barajas's current projects examine new questions about transit-oriented development and the role of urban policy on pedestrian and bicycle ridership. He is conducting research that studies how providing affordable housing in transit-oriented development changes residents' access to opportunities using the San Francisco Bay Area as a case study. He is also leading a study of policing and planning, seeking to understand how traffic citation practices disproportionately harm Black and Latino pedestrians and bicyclists in Chicago and how urban planning has a role to play in reducing these disparities. 

Dr. Barajas received his PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He received the Charlie V. Wootan award for the best dissertation in transportation planning from the Council of University Transportation Centers. He also holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona and a B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State University. Prior to returning to academia, he was an associate program manager for intelligent transportation systems at NAVTEQ. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Ongoing Research Projects

Construction of Pedestrian Infrastructure Along Transit Corridors

How Affordable Housing in TOD Influences Travel and Access to Opportunity

Policing and Planning: Bicycle and Pedestrian Citation Patterns in Chicago

Linking Transportation and Education Equity in the Context of School Choice

Selected Publications

Barajas, Jesus M., Kate M. Beck, Jill F. Cooper, Ana Lopez, and Amanda Reynosa. 2019. “How Effective Are Community Pedestrian Safety Training Workshops? Short-Term Findings from a Program in California.” Journal of Transport & Health 12 (March): 183–94.

Barajas, Jesus M. 2018. “Supplemental Infrastructure: How Community Networks and Immigrant Identity Influence Cycling.” Transportation, November.

Barajas, Jesus M. 2018. “Not All Crashes Are Created Equal: Associations between the Built Environment and Disparities in Bicycle Collisions.” Journal of Transport and Land Use 11 (1): 865–82.

Barajas, Jesus M., Asha Weinstein Agrawal, and Daniel G. Chatman. 2018. “Immigration, Income, and Public Transit Perceptions: Findings from an Intercept Survey.” Journal of Public Transportation 21 (2): 1–18.

Barajas, Jesus M., Geoff Boeing, and Julie Wartell. 2017. “Neighborhood Change, One Pint at a Time: The Impact of Local Characteristics on Craft Breweries.” In Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of the Craft Beer Revolution, edited by Nathaniel G. Chapman, J. Slade Lellock, and Cameron Lippard, 155–76. Morgantown: WVU Press.

Teaching and Advising

Classes taught:

Fall 2019

  • UP 203: Cities: Planning and Urban Life
  • UP 494-JB: Transportation Planning Workshop (New course!)

Spring 2020

  • UP 431: Travel Behavior Analysis (New course!)
  • UP 432: Transportation Equity


Previous MUP Capstone Advisees

  • Miles Churchill, MUP/MS CEE 2019
  • Ashankh Jaishankar, MUP 2019 - Jesse Thomas, MUP 2019
  • Sunhyeong Shin, MUP 2018

Previous BAUSP Final Project Advisees

  • Ganseree Chimeddorj, BAUSP 2019
  • Seokwoo Eric Lee, BAUSP 2017
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