Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Interest
Jane Lief Abell is a second year doctoral student in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores Islam in the United States, with a particular focus on how race and religion inform relations among "native" and immigrant Muslim groups. Currently, she is working with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, an Arabic language and arts organization based in West Philly, and conducting fieldwork in Northeast Philadelphia. Prior to entering graduate school, Jane held several research and editorial positions at the Center for Middle East Studies at Harvard University; Harvard Divinity School; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society; the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights; and Law People Management, LLC. Jane holds a BA with High Honors in Sociology & Anthropology and Islamic Studies from Swarthmore College.
Assistant Professor, Department of Real Estate, University of Washington
Arthur Acolin is an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at the University of Washington with a broad interest in housing economics and a focus on international housing policy and finance. He completed his PhD in Urban Planning and Development at the University of Southern California in 2017. Recent research projects include a study of the presence of discrimination against different immigrant groups in the rental market in France with Raphael Bostic and Gary Painter, an examination of the effect of non-traditional mortgages on homeownership in the US with Xudong An, Raphael Bostic and Susan Wachter and the development of housing affordability indicators incorporating location for the metropolitan region of Sao Paulo, Brazil with Richard Green. Prior to doing his Ph.D., Acolin was a Research Associate at the Penn Institute for Urban Research working on housing, urbanization and economic development issues. He obtained a master in Urban Policy from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Acolin, Arthur, and Domenic Vitiello. "Who owns Chinatown: Neighbourhood preservation and change in Boston and Philadelphia." Urban Studies (2017): 0042098017699366.
Acolin, Arthur, Xudong An, Raphael W. Bostic, and Susan M. Wachter. "Homeownership and Nontraditional and Subprime Mortgages." Housing Policy Debate 27.3 (2017): 393-418.
Acolin, Arthur, Raphael Bostic, and Gary Painter. "A field study of rental market discrimination across origins in France." Journal of Urban Economics 95 (2016): 49-63.
Acolin, Arthur, Jesse Bricker, Paul Calem, and Susan Wachter. "Borrowing constraints and homeownership." The American Economic Review 106.5 (2016): 625-629.
Acolin, Arthur, and Richard K. Green. "Measuring housing affordability in São Paulo metropolitan region: Incorporating location." Cities 62 (2017): 41-49.
Professor of Urban Design, University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Interest
AboutStefan Al is a Dutch architect, Associate Professor of Urban Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and founder of Stefan Al Architects, a firm dedicated to sustainable design. Al has worked as a practicing architect on renowned projects such as the 600-meter tall Canton Tower in Guangzhou, the preservation of world heritage in Latin America at the World Heritage Center of UNESCO, and an 11,000-acre new eco-friendly city in India. He served as an advisor to the Government of Hong Kong’s Harbourfront Commission and Environment Bureau.
Al’s research focuses on urbanization in developing countries and the evolution of urban form. His articles have been published in the Handbook of Architectural Theory, the Berkeley Planning Journal, Urban China, and other publications. He has edited the books Factory Towns of South China and Villages in the City, and is currently writing a book on Las Vegas called The Strip. Prior to joining Penn, Al has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of Hong Kong, where he was the director of the Urban Design Program.
Al, Stefan, ed. 2014. Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements. University of Hawaii Press; Hong Kong University Press.
Al, Stefan, ed. 2012. Factory Towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook. Hong Kong University Press.
Frank S. Alexander
Sam Nunn Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
Frank Alexander is the Sam Nunn Professor of Law at the Emory University School of Law. His areas of expertise include property, real estate sales and finance, state and local government law, law and theology, federal housing policies, and homelessness. Alexander is the Director of the Project on Affordable Housing and Community Development, and Co-founder and Senior Advisor of the Center for Community Progress. Alexander served as a Fellow of The Carter Center of Emory University (1993-1996), Commissioner of the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless (1994-1998), Interim Dean of Emory School of Law (2005-2006), and as Visiting Fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University (2007). He also has testified before Congress concerning the mortgage foreclosure crisis (2008). He is the author or editor of eight books and more than forty articles in real estate finance, community development, and law and theology.
Alexander, Frank. 2013-2014. Georgia Real Estate Finance and Foreclosure Law (8th ed). Thomson Reuters.
Alexander, Frank. 2011. Land Banks and Land Banking. Center for Community Progress.
Alexander, Frank and Leslie A. Powell. 2011. Neighborhood Stabilization Strategies for Vacant and Abandoned Properties. Zoning & Planning Law Report, 34 (September).
Alexander, Frank. 2009. Neighborhood Stabilization & Land Banking. Communities & Banking, 20(3). Boston: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Alexander, Frank. 2008. Land Banking As Metropolitan Policy. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.
Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning, PennDesign
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Francesca Ammon is an historian of the built environment. Her teaching, research, and writing focus on the changing shapes and spaces of the 20th- and 21st-century American city. She grounds her interdisciplinary approach to this subject in the premise that the landscape materializes social relations, cultural values, and economic processes. In particular, Professor Ammon is interested in the ways that visual culture informs planning and design, the dynamic relationships between cities and nature, the politics of place and space, and the roles of business and the state in shaping the physical landscape. Before joining the PennDesign faculty, Professor Ammon was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. She has also held the Sally Kress Tompkins Fellowship, jointly sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) and the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS). While completing her Ph.D. in American Studies, she held long-term fellowships as a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities, Ambrose Monell Foundation Fellow in Technology and Democracy at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, and John E. Rovensky Fellow with the Business History Conference. Professor Ammon is currently a colloquium member of the Penn/Mellon Foundation Humanities + Urbanism + Design Initiative. She is on the board of the Society for American City & Regional Planning History (SACRPH).
“Post-Industrialization and the City of Consumption: Attempted Revitalization in Asbury Park, New Jersey,” Journal of Urban History 41:2 (March 2015): 158-174.
“Unearthing Benny the Bulldozer: The Culture of Clearance in Postwar Children’s Books,” Technology and Culture 53:2 (April 2012): 306-336.
“Commemoration Amid Criticism: The Mixed Legacy of Urban Renewal in Southwest Washington, D.C.,” Journal of Planning History 8:3 (August 2009): 175-220.
“Refuge, Resort, and Ruin: Real Estate Development and the Identity of Asbury Park, New Jersey,” in Liberty and Leisure in North America, ed. Pierre Lagayette (Paris: Presses de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne, 2008): 41-57.
William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. He is widely considered one of the best urban ethnographers in the United States. His publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology, and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner (1978, 2nd ed., 2003). Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, was published by WW Norton in March 2012. Anderson is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award of the American Sociological Association. His research interests include inequality, race relations, urban ethnography, sociology of culture, and crime, and social control.
Anderson, Elijah, Dana Asbury, Duke W. Austin, Esther Chihye Kim, and Vani Kulkarni, eds. 2012. Bringing Fieldwork Back In: Contemporary Urban Ethnographic Research. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 642 (June). Sage Press.
Anderson, Elijah. 2012. The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Anderson, Elijah, ed. 2009. Urban Ethnography: Its Traditions and Its Future. Ethnography 10(4), Special Double Issue. Sage Press.
Anderson, Elijah, ed. 2008. Against the Wall: Poor, Young, Black, and Male. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Anderson, Elijah, Scott N. Brooks, Raymond Gunn, and Nikki Jones, eds. 2004. Being Here and Being There: Fieldwork Encounters and Ethnographic Discoveries. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 595 (September). New York: Sage Press.
Senior Community and Economic Development Adviser, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Stuart Andreason is senior community and economic development adviser, specializing in human capital and workforce development, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His major fields of study are workforce and human capital development policy and economic development policy, with a specialization in labor market and socioeconomic conditions in metropolitan areas. Prior to joining the Atlanta Fed, Andreason was a research associate at the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania (PennIUR). There, he helped develop a set of indicators of livable and sustainable communities for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded by the Ford Foundation. He was a predoctoral fellow of the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences at Penn and a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy C. Lowell Harriss dissertation fellow. Previously, he led two nonprofit organizations focused on economic revitalization in small towns in central Virginia and worked as a research associate for the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia and a PhD in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Andreason, Stuart and Laura Wolf-Powers. 2012. “Aligning Secondary and Post-Secondary Credentialization with Economic Development Strategy or ‘If Low Educational Attainment = Poor Metropolitan Competitiveness, What Can be Done About It.” In Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs in Metropolitan America, Laura W. Perna, ed. University of Pennsylvania Press.
Lynch, Amy, Stuart Andreason, Theodore Eisenman, John Robinson, Kenneth Steif, and Eugenie L. Birch. Sustainable Urban Development Indicators for the United States. Penn Institute for Urban Research. September 2011
Birch, Eugenie, Amy Lynch, Stuart Andreason, Theodore Eisenman, John Robinson, and Kenneth Steif. Measuring U.S. Sustainable Urban Development. Penn Institute for Urban Research. September 2011.
Morse, Suzanne, Stuart Andreason, Tom Cross, and Joanne Tu. Southern Virginia: Building Competitive Advantage. Civic Change Incorporated. 2010.
Andreason, Stuart. May 2014. Dissertation: “Will Talent Attraction and Retention Improve Metropolitan Labor Markets? The Labor Market Impact of Increased Educational Attainment in U.S. Metropolitan Regions 1990-2010.” University of Pennsylvania.
Doctoral Candidate in Education Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Cameron Anglum is a Doctoral Student in Education Policy and a Dean’s Scholar at the Graduate School of Education. He is interested in research centered on domestic urban educational reform in the context of myriad interdependent urban concerns including fiscal policy, spatial analysis, and public-private partnerships, subjects often siloed in public dialogue.
Formerly of the Penn Institute for Urban Research, Anglum earned a Master’s degree in Education Policy at Penn GSE and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to returning to Penn, he worked in investment management in the portfolio construction space for private and institutional clients.
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair
Daniel Barber is an Assistant Professor and Associate Chair of Architecture in the School of Design. He is an architectural historian with a research interest in the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture across the twentieth century. His research looks at the role of architectural technologies in the infrastructural and territorial transformations of the immediate post-World War II period in the United States. Barber’s first book, A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015. It documents the brief but dynamic interest in solar houses in the 1940s and 50s; he has also published recently on connections between architectural design methods and climate science. He approaches research and teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating narratives and methods from histories of technology, science, politics, economics, and environmentalism.
Barber, Daniel. 2014. Tomorrow’s House: Solar Housing in 1940s America. In Technology and Culture (forthcoming)
Barber, Daniel. 2013. “Visualizing Renewable Resources. In Architecture and Energy: Performance and Style,” 164-180, William Braham and Daniel Willis, eds. New York: Routledge.
Barber, Daniel. 2013. “Experimental Dwellings: Modern Architecture and Environmental Research at the M.I.T. Solar Energy Fund,” 1938-1963. In A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture, and the “Techno-Social” Moment, 283-316, Arindam Dutta, ed. Cambridge: MIT Press.
Barber, Daniel. 2013. The World Solar Energy Project, ca. 1954. Grey Room (Quarterly), 51: 64-93.
Barber, Daniel. 2011. Making Design Environmental. Pidgin Magazine, 10: 246-259.
David S. Barnes
Director, Health & Societies Program and Associate Professor
Areas of Interest
David Barnes is an Associate Professor and Director of the Health & Societies Program in the Department of History and Sociology of Science in the School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches the history of medicine and public health. Prior to his time at Penn, Barnes taught for a year at the Institute for Liberal arts at Emory University and for seven years in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. His current research is concentrated in the history of infectious disease, epidemiology, and public health; nineteenth-century urban European social and cultural history; and the politics of international disease control programs. He has a forthcoming book on the history of the Lazaretto Quarantine Station, located outside of Philadelphia.
Barnes, David. 2006. The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Barnes, David. 2002. Scents and Sensibilities: Disgust and the Meanings of Odors in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris." Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques, 28 : 21-49.
Barnes, David. 2000. Historical Perspectives on the Etiology of Tuberculosis. Microbes and Infection, 2: 431-440.
Barnes, David. 1995. The Making of a Social Disease: Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France. Berkley, CA: University of California Press.
Professor Emeritus of Practice in City and Regional Planning; Director, Urban Design Program
Areas of Interest
Jonathan Barnett is Professor Emeritus of Practice in City and Regional Planning and Director of the Urban Design Program in the School of Design. He is an architect and planner as well as an educator, and is the author of numerous books and articles on the theory and practice of city design. He has been an advisor to the cities of Charleston, SC, Cleveland, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Norfolk, Omaha, and Pittsburgh in the United States, as well as Xiamen and Tianjin in China. He has been the William Henry Bishop visiting professor at Yale, the Eschweiler Professor at the University of Wisconsin, the Kea Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, and the Sam Gibbons Eminent Scholar at the University of South Florida. Jonathan Barnett was awarded the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Design and Regional Planning as well as the Athena Medal from the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Barnett, Jonathan. 2011. City Design: Modernist, Traditional, Green, and Systems Perspective. Routledge, 2011.
Jonathan. 1995. The Fractured Metropolis: Improving the New City, Restoring the Old City. New York: HarperCollins Publishers
Barnett, Jonathan. 1986. The Elusive City: Five Centuries of Design, Ambition, and Miscalculation. New York: Harper and Row.
Barnett, Jonathan. 1982. Introduction to Urban Design. New York: Harper and Row.
Barnett, Jonathan. 1974. Urban Design as Public Policy. New York: Architectural Records Books.
Timothy J. Bartik
Senior Economist, W.E. Upjohn Institute