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 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 an 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 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.
I am the author of Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia (University of California Press). My research has appeared also various journals, books, and reports. It has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state and federal 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.