My research focuses on three key areas within urban policy and planning:  housing, communities, and land-use. I primarily focus on vulnerable neighborhoods that are facing pressures of austerity, gentrification, and displacement in large U.S. cities, though I have also worked in a comparative context. I have a theoretical interest in pragmatism in planning, which helps frame my investigations of implementation processes while accounting for the experiences of residents within their homes and communities . 


I recently completed a study on a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) plan to construct mixed-income,  infill housing on 'underutilized' public land. I used qualitative methods to show how key stakeholders–including tenants, the housing authority, private developers, elected officials, and non-profit and advocacy groups– distinctly define, justified, reacted to, and resisted the plan.


My other research includes 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 also maintain a stream of collaborative research projects, including work on the institution 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.