I am an assistant professor of urban studies and planning at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and a fellow with the Maryland Equity Project in the University of Maryland College of Education. My research looks at the links between planning practice, urban politics, and public education. I am interested in understanding how planning can support educational equity and racial justice for historically marginalized youth and families. I teach classes about planning history and practice, and the intersection of planning, policy, and public education.
My research has appeared in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Urban Education, and the Transportation Research Record. The National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, the University of Maryland Division of Research, the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, and Enterprise Community Partners have sponsored my research.
I have 20 years of experience in the non-profit and public sectors, working in public policy, community development, and community arts. Most recently, I served as the Program Director and Senior Researcher at the UC-Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools, a policy research and technical assistance center that promotes high-quality education as an essential component of creating equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities.
I am a member of the American Planning Association Public Schools Interest Group, and currently sit on the board of the 21st Century School Fund and am an advisor to the Active Voice Lab's The Future of Public initiative.
I am originally from New Jersey and grew up in Free Acres, a utopian community founded in 1910 based on the principles of Henry George.
I earned my PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley, a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.