I am a social scientist and urban planner who conducts research on issues related to transportation, economic development and public policy. My research uses transportation as a window into the (dis)functions of society, paying particular attention to equity and power concerns surrounding urban infrastructure investments. Through my work and activities with other scholars, I seek to open the hegemonic field of transportation to qualitative methods and a critical orientation with the aim of improving transportation planning, policy and implementation in the United States. While I am interested in international issues, my expertise resides in U.S. cities with a particular emphasis on “shrinking” urban areas located in the rust belt region. I am currently finishing my dissertation work on modern streetcar projects in US cities, described here.
My work experience includes stints in academic and nonprofit organizations and most recently as an independent consultant. Previously, as Associate Director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, I spearheaded research on the emerging intercity city bus sector, coordinating several research projects measuring the sector’s expansion and documenting its impact on intercity travel behavior in the United States. As an Adjunct Faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago, I taught undergraduate courses on public policy, urban planning and transportation and coordinated several graduate study abroad courses to Brussels, Belgium and Curitiba, Brazil.
Graduate Student Activities:
Center for Critical Transport Studies (founding member)