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I am Professor and Interim Director of the Global Urban Studies Program at Michigan State University (MSU). I also hold appointments in MSU's Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences and the School of Planning, Design and Construction. Before coming to MSU, I taught in departments of Public Policy, Urban Planning, Urban Design, and Geography at the University of Toronto, Syracuse University, Dalhousie University, and Texas A&M University. My main areas of research focus on urban (re)development processes and the resulting socio-economic, built, environmental and health impacts.

In addition to my experience in academia, I have worked in government and in private consulting firms as an urban policy analyst and planner. I also have extensive experience as editor, most notably being Associate Editor (2010-2015) and the Editor in Chief (2015-2021) of the Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA). Currently, I am the JUA’s Senior Associate Editor.


Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP)
Michigan State University
442 Berkey Hall
509 E. Circle Dr.
Phone: 517-353-5987


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The Journal of Urban Affairs, where I served as Associate Editor (2010-2015), Editor-in-Chief (2015-2021), and currently as Senior Associate Editor.

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Summer Sports Down Under, Australia. Scuba diving with my ISS 310 People and Environment class off Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef.

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Chengdu, China. Invited lecture at Sichuan University.

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Copenhagen Denmark. Presenting paper at the Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).

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Site visit to Reykjavik and region, Iceland.