I am Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Planning and Design and the Director of the Master of Urban Design program in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver.

My research examines how planners, designers, and citizens can help create urban environments that are more equitable and inclusive. Recent work examines several timely topics: the impact of anti-terrorism security on civil liberties, the effect of zoning regulations on public space design, the challenges confronting planners in cities experiencing severe economic decline and shrinking populations, and the development of new policy frameworks for controversial land uses such as medical marijuana facilities.

I have won several awards for excellence in teaching and research. My research has been cited in media outlets such as the New York Times, Associated Press, and the Guardian (UK) and I’ve appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox to talk about my work. I have delivered invited lectures at conferences in China, India, Israel, Spain and around the US. I received my PhD in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University, an MS in Building and Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London, and a BA in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley.