I am currently Assistant Professor of Regional and City Planning at the University of Oklahoma where I teach food systems planning, geographic information systems, participatory planning methods, site planning, and urban design theory.
My research focuses on environmental and social influences of neighborhood well being as well as land use policies that aim to improve community health. I use spatial modeling and analysis of the built and affective environment as a means understanding how communities come to support public policies that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. You can hear more about my most recent work exploring the nutritional environments of Oklahoma on Just Sow: The Future of Food.
I review for the American Journal of Public Health, the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Journal of the American Planning Association, Land Use Policy, Urban Design International, and Urban Studies.
I previously served on the City of Norman, OK Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, the City of Los Angeles Billboard and Visual Landscape Visioning Group, the Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council, and the City of Los Angeles Ventura-Cahuenga Corridor Specific Plan Review Board.
I hold a Ph.D. in planning from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in landscape architecture from California State Polytechnic University, a master’s degree in environmental policy and behavior from the University of Michigan, and a bachelors’ degree in economics and environmental studies from the University of Southern California.