I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. My scholarship focuses on the link between social inequality and the built environment. It is concerned with how the conditions in disadvantaged communities are shaped by urban politics, policy, planning and design practice, and changing metropolitan geographies of social and economic inequality.
I am the author of Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia (University of California Press) and have written numerous articles on the topic of Asian immigrant suburbanization. Other recent projects have focused on equitable development, gentrification, suburban poverty, and the geography of opportunity. My research has appeared in various journals, such as Journal of Urban Design and Journal of Planning, Education and Research, and popular media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Atlantic's CityLab. My research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state and federal agencies and foundations.
I am an Affiliate Faculty at American University's Metropolitan Policy Center and at the University of Maryland's Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, the Department of American Studies, the programs in Historic Preservation and Asian American Studies, and a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center. I am a recent Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar and Ford Postdoctoral Fellow.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in urban inequality and diversity, social planning, and community development. Prior to joining the UMD faculty, I worked professionally on master-planning projects in low-income communities, and with non-profits, public agencies, and private firms on issues of public housing and community development.
I hold a Ph.D in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.C.P in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University. My full curriculum vitae is available here.