I am an associate professor in the Geography and Urban Studies Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. My research bridges several themes in human-environment and urban 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, and I am currently working on a new project on urban public spaces, which has been funded by the William Penn Foundation. I use GIS and qualitative approaches in my work, which is in North American cities.
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.