Garrett Stone

Garrett MacWilliam Stone

Graduate Assistant

Professional Summary

Community Researcher | Planner | Climber | Dog Lover | Plaid-wearer | Veteran

Garrett is presently a fourth year PhD student in the School of Planning's Regional Development Planning program.  His serves as a doctoral researcher working with Dr. Chris Auffrey on a project focused on developing policy and strategies oriented around Cincinnati's continued re-emergence as a Midwestern social and economic hub.  The project, 52 Cincinnatis (52C), is in progress.

Over the past decade his professional experiences have varied. Upon completing his undergraduate program at Syracuse University in 2011, he was commissioned into the US Army, where he serves as an Ordnance & Logistics officer for 8 years in both Active and (presently) Reserve components.

In 2015, Garrett departed the active duty Army to pursue other endeavors; he earned a professional certificate in Geospatial Information Systems, followed by a Master of Arts in Community Planning, both from the University of Washington-Tacoma in 2018.
As a graduate student, he worked as a researcher and program manager on two projects, the South Sound Alliance (SSA) and Action Mapping Project (AMP), respectively.  Both projects / organizations were in their infancy at the time of his onboarding, so his work invovled not only developing publically available, data-driven participatory research and analysis, but also programming procedures and workflow systems.

Adjunct, University of Cincinnati
Planning Theory & Ethics, Summer 2020; 2021
Social Structure & Change, Autumn 2020; 2021
Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati
Structure and Dynamics of Human Settlements (Rainer vomHofe), Spring 2020
Planning in Urban Communities (Chris Auffrey), Fall 2019
Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, Tacoma
Introduction to GIS (Greg Lund), Summer 2016

Working in Neighborhoods (WIN), Cincinnati OH
Economic Development VISTA (AmeriCorps); Summer 2020 
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
Doctoral Research Assistant; 2018 to Present
Copy-Editor, International Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, 2019 to Present
Book Review Editorial Assistant, Journal of Urban Affairs, 2020
Assistant-to-the-Editors, Companion to Public Space, 2019 to 2020
University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma WA
Graduate Research Assistant, 2016 to 2018
Cascadia Subduction Zone Exercise, Olympia WA
Geospatial Technician (Intern), Summer 2016
US Army, Joint Base Lewis-McChord WA + Fort Thomas KY
Junior Officer (Logistician), Active and Reserve Components, 2011 to Present


Bachelor of Arts: Syracuse University 2011 (Modern American History; Political Ecology)

Master of Arts: University of Washington, Tacoma 2018 (Community Planning)

Professional Certificate: University of Washington, Tacoma 2016 (Geospatial Information Systems)

Research and Practice Interests

Geohistoricity  |  Geodemography |  Neighborhood Demographic Change  |  Patterns of Development  |  Boundaries and Borders |  Networks of Jurisdictions (Centrality, Betweenness, Community)

Community Organizing  |  Participatory Mapping  |  Production of Place  |  Geographic Information Systems

Research Support

Investigators:Auffrey, C., Grundy, T., and Stone G.M. 2018 -2020 The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation Assessment of Demographic Change in Cincinnati Neighborhoods Role:Researcher 30000 Type:Grant Level:Local

Investigators:Stone, G.M. 2017 -2018 Metro Parks Tacoma; University of Washington, Tacoma-- Action Mapping Project

Investigators:Stone, G.M. 2016 -2019 South South Together-- South Sound Alliance


Invited Presentations

Stone, G.M. (2019. ) 52 Cincinnatis: detailing the transformation of our neighborhoods .People's Liberty, Cincinnati OH.

Stone, G.M., Gaspar, S., Maheshwari, T., Angel, C., and Kolbinsky, R. (2018. ) Planning for a New Uptown, or, how Cincinnati Ohio has been shaped by white flight, urban renewal, & political power .Niehoff Urban Studio, Cincinnati OH.

Stone, G.M. (2018. ) Youth Voice in the Public Realm: the action mapping project .Washington Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (WAURISA) Annual Conference, Olympia WA.

Stone, G.M. (2017. ) Public Values in the Public Realm: futuring the pacific avenue corridor .Conversations Re: Tacoma, 10 x 10 Series, Tacoma WA.

Stone, G.M. (2016. ) The Complete Streets Revolution: Evaluating Bikeability and Exploring Access in Tacoma Washington .Washington Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (WAURISA) Annual Conference, Tacoma WA.

Honors and Awards

2016 Director's Award for Outstanding Research or Project University of Washington, Tacoma, School of Urban Studies

2018 Graduate Scholarship & Assistantship University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP, School of Planning