I am a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the PhD program in Geography, Planning, and Design at the University of Colorado Denver. I am currently a Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholar, which recognizes “outstanding contributions to the Denver metro region through community-engaged scholarship.”


My research looks at how planners, designers, and city dwellers can help create more socially and environmentally just places. I am particularly interested in the relationship between social equity and the built environment, and my recent work examines issues of disaster justice, transportation equity, and gentrification resistance.

I am currently serving a three-year term as a Fulbright Specialist and in 2015-16 was a Fulbright Scholar at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. I served as Chair of the Department of Planning and Design from 2012-15 and Director of the Master of Urban Design program from 2008-15. I received my PhD in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University, an MSc in Development and Planning from the Bartlett School’s Development Planning Unit (DPU) at University College London, and an AB in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley