I’m a geographer, currently finishing a PhD in the Graduate School of Geography  at Clark University. I also teach in 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. More information on the project is available on the project blog

A new paper -- "Competition through inter-urban policymaking" -- is forthcoming in Environment and Planning AA recent report I wrote for the International Olympic Committee and Olympic Studies Centre -- on legacy planning in unsuccessful Olympic bid cities -- is published on their digital archive. Please feel free to contact me with comments or questions.