I’m an urban geographer, based in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and the Deparmetn of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

My work traces the connections between international development and urban planning. I analyze how land investment projects are planned, financed, and constructed. Assessing these projects provides a window into inequalities in designing, funding, and building cities...and gives an opportunity for making recommendations on democratizing the process. Most recently I have analyzed megaproject planning and transnational land policymaking around ‘megaevents’ like the Olympics or World Cup. That study is funded by the US National Science Foundation and the International Olympic Committee/Olympic Studies Centre. A recent report I wrote for the International Olympic Committee -- on legacy planning in unsuccessful Olympic bid cities -- provides an overview of the project. 

Recent papers include "Competition through inter-urban policymaking" (out in Environment and Planning A) and "The city as developmental justification" (forthcoming in Urban Geography). Please feel free to contact me with comments or questions.