Director, Graduate Program, Geography & the Environment
What I do
I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment.
Cities, older adults, transportation
My primary area of academic interest is within the intersection of cities, urban change, and the role of urban transportation in meeting daily needs for older adults or in the access to employment for various sub-populations. I am also interested in geographical analyses of cities, and have written extensively about contemporary Denver, Colorado and Asunción, Paraguay. In addition to teaching introductory level courses (People Places and Landscapes: An introduction to Human Geography; and Geographical Statistics), I teach several urban-related classes, including a First Year Seminar (FSEM) on Metropolitan Denver, an interterm travel course on the rise of the modern metropolis in New York City, Urban Sustainability, and Urban Landscapes. I was born and raised in Indianapolis and earned a PhD in Geography from the Ohio State University.
- Ph.D., Geography, Ohio State University, 2008
- American Association of Geographers
- American Geographical Society
My research agenda has primarily focused upon the role of urban transportation in the daily lives of two specific sub-populations. First, I have long been interested in inequalities in employment outcomes that result from uneven access to various forms of urban transportation. This includes explorations in dimensions of sustainability in transportation and the impacts of urban form. I am also studying the mobility of older adults in cities to better understanding variations in travel behaviors for daily activities, perceptions of mobility, and the determinants of mobility change over the life course. Across all my empirical studies I enjoy exploring the possibilities of knowledge construction through the use of mixed-methodological approaches, including: statistical analyses, surveys, qualitative interviews, focus groups, and sketch mapping exercises.
Another area of my research agenda is the descriptive geographic analyses of specific urban places. Recently I co-authored (with Dr. Andrew Goetz) the book Metropolitan Denver: Growth and Change in the Mile High City which provides a contemporary snapshot of Denver’s interrelated social, political, economic, and natural landscapes. Similarly, I wrote an article profiling the city of Asunción, Paraguay, chronicling the city’s evolution over the last 500 years with an emphasis on recent urban redevelopment projects that emerged due to the rise of neoliberal policies.
Areas of Research
- Excellence in Teaching Award , Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics