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My mixed-methods research focuses on three key areas within urban policy and planning:  housing, community development and participation, and zoning/land-use.

I primarily consider planning and policy processes in neighborhoods that are facing pressures of austerity, gentrification, and displacement in large U.S. cities. I strive to promote racial, economic, and environmental justice in cities through conducting community-centered and policy-driven work that uplifts the voices of impacted populations.


I am working on projects about the redevelopment of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and a mixed-methods study on the experience of public housing tenants living in privately-managed public housing through the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. I am currently launching a new community-engaged research project with a colleague in public health on the nexus between young breast cancer incidence and urban planning.


I also maintain a stream of collaborative research projects, including work on the politics and perceptions of zoning and a study on the links between homelessness, gentrification, concentrated poverty, and displacement. 

 My research has been used in campaigns on rent stabilization, the privatization of public housing, and fair housing initiatives. 

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