I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Urban Studies and Planning Program. 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. My research employs ethnographic and community-engaged methods that give voice to marginalized communities. 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 serve as Affiliate Faculty to the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the 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.
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.