Teaching and Research Interests
- Participatory Neighborhood Planning
- Situating Race and Gender in Planning
- University-Community Partnerships and Service learning
- Planning Theory and Social justice
- PhD, Department of Urban and Regional Planning University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
- MUP, University of Aalborg, Denmark, 1997
My research explores participatory approaches to community development, diversity and the urban planning process. I am particularly interested in neighborhood planning with African American communities, and feminist analysis of the planning process. My dissertation titled “Challenges of unequal power distribution in university-community partnerships” and my continued passion, research and teaching commitment is centered on community development in low-income urban minority communities. In particular on the role of university-community partnerships as a vehicle for change; both in terms of tangible change in the community and in terms of service-learning’s effect on students.
Much of my applied experience as a planner has been through the East St. Louis Action Research Project at the University of Illinois (www.eslarp.uiuc.edu).
This semester I teach GEOG 6501 “Community Development Workshop”; a course cross-listed with Arch 6050 working in partnership with Salisbury’s Planning and Community Development Department.
In future semesters I hope to add courses in Planning Theory, Neighborhood Planning Seminars and a class on social inequality and the role of planning. A central element of all my teaching experience has been to provide a real tangible benefit to the community partners my students engage with.