Landscape Architecture and
Regional & Community Planning
I joined the Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning faculty in 2012. My research is at the intersection of people and the economy. I have studied the impact of nonwage sources of income on local economies, especially in rural areas. I continue to document the use of the American Community Survey among federal, state and local policy organizations and identify ways for local governments to use it more effectively. I am pioneering a new technique for estimating the characteristics of populations in small areas such as neighborhoods. Finally, I am identifying ways local governments can impact the productivity of businesses in their jurisdiction.
I teach classes in local economic development, statistics, and economic and population forecasting as well as the introductory planning principles seminar. I advise masters students in their final reports. I earned a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the University of Minnesota and a BA from the University of Oregon.