I am an assistant professor in the Geography and Urban Studies Department in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. My research bridges several themes in human-environment and human geography: the social dimension of sustainability; environmental justice and health; and community resilience to environmental and economic stressors. My recent work has focused on environmental gentrification, the role of vacant land in urban greening efforts, and the impact of environmental justice on urban sustainability planning. I use GIS and qualitative approaches in my work, which has been largely focused in North American cities. However, I am starting work that is international in scope.
I received my MA and PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, I was an assistant professor of GIScience in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department at Clark University.