Her research in planning law analyzes innovative planning tools such as green building regulations and ocean zoning. Her most recent research in planning history has focused on how government officials used planning and infrastructure as a weapon during the civil rights movement in Alabama.

Political Science
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago, Urban Planning and Policy, 2006
MS, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Historic Preservation, 1999
BS, Michigan State University, Urban and Regional Planning, 1997