I am a transportaion "plangineer" with graduate degrees in both urban planning and civil engineering. I joined the urban planning and design faculty at Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 2019. Before that, I was an assistant professor in the civil engineering department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I earned my PhD in urban planning from UCLA in 2017.
I enjoy helping students prepare to be leaders in the transportation profession by building on the expertise they have already accumulated as users of transportation systems, and by encouraging them to draw on the expertise of others whose experiences have been different from their own, including both experts in allied disciplines and members of the communities they serve. My research interests include travel behavior, transportation finance, and the political context of institutional decision-making. I'm interested in explaining what influences individuals' and households' decisions on how to travel through cities, and how transportation planning institutions use information about those decisions to inform plans, policies, and infrastructure designs. I'm especially interested in the development and use of quantitative metrics to define goals and measure outcomes for transportation planning.