Dissertation Topic: “Repealing the Law of Sprawl: Connecting Climate Change, Land Use and Transportation in Planning for the Sustainable Metropolis” My dissertation explores the role that state and local law have on the ability of cities to plan to grow sustainably through smart growth and transit-oriented development.
Previous Degrees: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Juris Doctor and Master of Urban Planning (2002); Emory University, B.A. (Economics and Human and Natural Ecology, 1998).
My research interests center around the theme of how humans relate to and interact with the environment. I am interested in the question of how property rights intersect with, mitigate and negotiate with public law, and the resulting outcome in the built and natural environment. The major focus of my current work is the multi-scalar legal barriers to creating sustainable urbanism, with a particular focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as disaster planning and recovery.
My dissertation focuses on the transportation-land use connection, analyzing the legal framework that shapes the built environment from federal statutes to local ordinances. More broadly, my work is focused on the juncture of law and urban planning, and utilizes methodologies from both fields.
Teaching and TA Experience:
- Principles of Planning Law – Instructor - Summer 2008, 2009, 2010; Fall 2010
- Land Development Practice – T.A. Fall 2009