I ask questions about the links between planning practice, urban politics, and public education.

My work builds understanding of how planning supports or hinders educational equity and racial justice for historically marginalized youth and families, and how public schools play a role in urban planning and governance. I am particularly interested in the ways that policy and planning for neighborhoods and schools – as distinct and intertwined endeavors – have created landscapes that codify race and class hierarchies endemic to the United States’ social, political, and economic structures. I primarily use qualitative methods – ethnographic observation, interviews, and archival inquiry. Some of my work looks specifically at institutional contexts of planning practice, cross-sector collaboration, and policy formation. Other projects examine issues on-the-ground, the experience of being planned, and the consequences of planning interventions. Recent projects have focused on neighborhood and school change, transportation and educational equity, and access to opportunity. Visit my publications page to learn more about my work in each area.


Neighborhood and School Change

gentrification and displacement

mass public school closures, sales, and reuse

school-centered neighborhood revitalization


Transportation and Educational Equity

school district and transit agency collaboration

school choice and household travel behavior

impacts of student transportation on transit agency operations

neighborhood and skyline

Access to Opportunity

school and housing segregation 

equitable smart cities investments 

youth-driven urban change and civic education


Photos: Paul Chinn, San Francisco Chronicle (middle); Getty Images (bottom)