About Me

I come to my work in academic geography and urban studies from a background in community organizing and popular education work, a mindset that informs my work at every scale. Born in Northern New Jersey and raised between there and Philadelphia, I came to a fascination with the relationship between people, place, and housing in large part from my own experiences of moving frequently and discovering the vast differences between urban and surburban environments firsthand. I completed my undergraduate education at Macalester College, and was trained in community organizing and popular education at the Highlander Center in Tennessee and through the Center for Neighborhood Leadership in New York City. Prior to entering academia, I worked for several years as a housing organizer in the South Bronx, where I worked with longtime tenants fighting gentrification and displacement while pushing back against the city’s harmful housing and homelessness policies.

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