Photo: Julie Ann Pixler Photography

Photo: Julie Ann Pixler Photography

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and a faculty member in 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 immigrant and minority communities are shaped by urban politics, policy, planning and design practice, and changing metropolitan geographies of social and economic inequality.  I have 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 teach graduate and undergraduate courses in urban inequality and diversity, social planning, and community development.  I  am a Affiliate Faculty at the University of Maryland's Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, the Department of American Studies, and the programs in Historic Preservation and Asian American Studies, and as a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center. In 2016, I am serving as a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Postdoctoral Fellow at American University's Metropolitan Policy Center

My research has been supported by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and MedicineWoodrow Wilson FoundationEnvironmental Protection AgencyEnterprise Community PartnersMaryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and various other regional and national agencies and foundations. 

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.