I am an Associate 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 how urban policies and plans contribute to and can address social inequality, particularly in neighborhoods undergoing rapid racial and economic change.
I have written extensively on immigration, suburban diversity and poverty, gentrification, redevelopment politics, and geographies of opportunity, including my book Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia (University of California Press, 2017). My research has appeared in various journals, such as Journal of Urban Affairs and Journal of Planning, Education and Research, several books, and popular media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Atlantic's CityLab. It has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state and federal agencies and foundations.
I am a fellow at the Urban Institute, and 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 the Maryland Population Research Center. I am a recent Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar and Ford Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2019-2020, I will be at fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center while working on my second book on equitable development politics in the Washington, DC suburbs tentatively titled, The Right to Suburbia: Redevelopment and Resistance on the Urban Edge.
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.