EDUCATION

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • PhD, Planning and Public Policy, May 2014
  • Dissertation title: “The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing: Race, Planning, and Inclusion, 1936-1975”
  • Qualifying Examinations in Race and Urban Redevelopment, Housing Policy, and Planning and Policy Theory

Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Master of Public Administration, May 2008

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics, Concentration in Management, May 2004

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Department of City and Regional Planning

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, July 2016 - Present

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, and AWARDS

2015

Planners of Color Interest Group Scholarship, Planners of Color Interest Group, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2015-2016

2012

Special Study Support, The Graduate School at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Summer 2012

  • The Political Implications of the Demolition of Public Housing (Site Selection Research)

2011

Special Study Support, The Graduate School at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Summer 2011

  • Public Places, Private Spaces: An Examination of the Effects of Institutionalized Community on Public Housing Residents’ Perception and Definition of Community (Phase I)

MANUSCRIPTS

2016

Deviants in Divergent Spaces: The Radical Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing.  Manuscript.  Under Contract with The University of Georgia Press.

BOOK REVIEWS

2015

“Review of More than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing by Amy L. Howard”, Housing, Theory, and Society. 2015. 32(2), 244-246

“Review of Black Citymakers: How The Philadelphia Negro Changed Urban America, by Marcus Anthony Hunter”, Urban History.  2015. 42(3): 535-536

WORKS IN PROGRESS

“Lets Get Ready to Crumble: Black Municipal Empowerment and the Destruction of Public Housing in the United States” M.L. Owens, A. D. Rodriguez, R.A. Brown. Journal of Politics.  Under Review.

“Creating Inclusive Parent Organizing: A Study of Facilitation in Gentrifying Public Schools” with R. Quinn. Journal of Planning Education and Research.  In Preparation

“Resistance was Futile: The Story of Public Housing Transformation in Atlanta” with D. Oakley and C. Ward-Stefanik. City. In Preparation

“Black Mobility in Atlanta: An Analysis of Public Housing Turnover in University Homes, 1937-1975” Urban Studies.  In Preparation

“Black and Latino Political Empowerment in Newark, NJ” Urban Affairs Review. In Preparation.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Urban Research Methods, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Philadelphia, PA

  • Co Teacher with Professor John Landis, Fall 2017 (Core Graduate Requirement)

Readings in Race, Poverty, and Place, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, Philadelphia PA

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Fall 2017, Spring 2017 (Graduate Seminar)

Introduction to Community Development, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, January 2016-May 2016

Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Politics, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

  • Adjunct, September 2015-December 2015

Introduction to Planning, Public Policy, Public Health, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Instructor, January 2014-May 2014

Introduction to Planning, Public Policy, Public Health, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Teaching Assistant, September 2013-December 2013 (Dr. Michael R. Greenberg, Professor)

Research Methods, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Teaching Assistant, August 2012 – May 2013 (Dr. Debra Borie-Holtz, Instructor)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, The Wilder School at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, September 2014 – December 2014

Innovations in Local and Community Economic Development, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Research Assistant, June 2011 – June 2012 (Dr. Roland V. Anglin, Project Manager)

INVITED TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS

Clemson University, Planning, Design, and Built Environment Program, Clemson, SC

  • PhD Colloquium, “Planning for Political Opportunity: Lessons from Public Housing in Atlanta”, May 2015

PRESENTATIONS

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 56th Annual Conference, Denver, CO

  • Presentation: “Black Feminist Politics and Atlanta’s Public Housing Demolition” (October 2017)

American Political Science Association 113th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

  • Co-Author/Co-Presenter: “Let’s Get Ready to Crumble: Black Municipal Empowerment and the Demolition of Public Housing” (August 2017)

Urban Affairs Association 47th Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN

  • Presentation/Co-Organizer: “Comparing Black Tenant Activism in and out of Atlanta’s Public Housing.” (April 2017)

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

  • Presentation: “Demobilization by Demolition: State Suppression of Marginalized Political Spaces in Atlanta” (March 2017)

Urban Affairs Association 46th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA

  • Presentation: “Revisiting the Black and Puerto Rican Political Convention: Tracking Black and Latino Political Empowerment in Newark, NJ” (March 2016)

Third Atlanta Studies Symposium, Atlanta, GA

  • “Public Housing Tenant Activism and the Decline of Atlanta’s Public Housing: Alliances, Divisions, and the Reclamation of Space” (May 2015) 

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

  • Presentation, “Whatever Happened to Tenant Activism?” (April 2015)
  • Co-Organizer, “Governing from Below” (Multiple Sessions, April 2015)

Urban Affairs Association 45th Annual Conference, “Transnationalism from Above and Below: The Dynamics of Place-Making in the Global City,” Miami, FL

  • Co-Author & Co-Presenter, “Black Municipal Empowerment and the Destruction of Public Housing” (April 2015)

The Seventh Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association, “Metropolitics,” Philadelphia, PA

  • Presentation, “Racializing Space in Postwar Atlanta” (October 2014)

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 54th Annual Conference, “Big Ideas, Global Impacts,” Philadelphia, PA

  • Presentation, “Perry Homes: Tenant Responses to Racialized Planning in Postwar Atlanta” (October 2014)           

Urban Affairs Association 44th Annual Conference, “Borders and Boundaries in an Age of Global Urbanization,” San Antonio, TX

  • Presentation, “Perry Homes: The Northwest Advocates” (March 2014)

Urban Affairs Association 43rd Annual Conference, “Building the 21st Century City: Inclusion, Innovation, and Globalization,” San Francisco, CA

  • Presentation, “Public Housing Developments as Political Opportunity Structures: Black Political Forums in Postwar Atlanta: 1945-1974” (April 2013)

Urban Affairs Association 42nd Annual Conference, “Rethinking the Future of Urbanism: Cities and Regions in a Post-Industrial Era”, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Presentation, “The Changing Geography and Demographics of Poverty: The Rise of Foreign-Born Poverty Rates in the Suburbs, 2000-2009” (April 2012)
  • Co-Author, “Innovations in Economic Development: Collaboration and Networking in Developing People and Place” (April 2012)

Graduate Forum on Race and Ethnicity, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Presentation, “Intra-Racial Tensions and Community Development: A Literature Review” (January 2011)

Urban Lands Conference: Ag in the City, Bordentown, NJ

  • Poster Session, “Greensgrow Farms, Philadelphia, PA” (March 2011)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Econsult Corporation/Econsult Solutions, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

  • Research Associate, October 2007 – July 2008, Senior Research Analyst, September 2010 – August 2016

IBM, Washington, DC

  • Senior Consultant, Global Business Services – Public Sector August 2008-August 2010

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Association of American Geographers, Member: 2012-Present
  • Urban Affairs Association, Member: 2012-Present
  • Journal of Planning Education and Research, Reviewer: 2016-Present
  • Journal of Urban Affairs, Reviewer: 2016-Present
  • Black Geographies Specialty Group AAG Conference Organizer: 2017-Present
  • Corresponding Editor, Metropolitics, 2017-Present