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Kevan Malone

Ph.D. Candidate in History, UC San Diego

Non-Resident Fellow: September 2021 – May 2022

Research Project: Borderline Unsustainable: Urban Planning and Diplomacy at the Tijuana-San Diego Boundary, 1909-1999

Research Interests: Urban, environmental and U.S.-Mexico borderlands history


Kevan Malone is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at UC San Diego. He is interested in how urban growth has impacted public health and natural resources across international borders and how urban planners and policymakers have addressed these impacts. His dissertation examines the role of diplomacy in the planning, development and governance of Tijuana and South San Diego, focusing on water management. While large metropolises like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles have dominated the attention of American urban historians, Malone sees the binational metro areas along the U.S.-Mexico border—where planned North American tract housing developments and informal Mexican colonias neighbor one another—as more important sites for understanding cities on a global scale. 

Malone’s research has been funded by the American Historical Association; the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations; the Tinker Foundation; the Kenneth and Dorothy Hill Foundation; the UCLA Special Collections Library; and UC San Diego’s Global Health Institute, International Institute, and Institute of Arts and Humanities. He is a member of the San Diego Scholars Strategy Network, and his commentaries have appeared in The Washington Post and The San Diego Union-Tribune.