Ph.D. Students

Current students

  • Priscila Izar (Virginia Tech -- Co-Chair): "Real Estate Financialization, Public Private Partnerships and Affordable Housing in São Paulo." (expected date of graduation: Winter 2017)
  • Carla Maria Kayanan (University of Michigan -- Co-Chair): "Planning the Innovation District." (expected date of graduation: Spring 2018)
  • Rongrong Wei (Virginia Tech -- Chair): "Essays on the Political Economy of Fiscal Federalism in the United States." (expected date of graduation: Winter 2018)
  • Vera Smirnova (Virginia Tech): "On the Land-Crisis Nexus: Privatization, Dispossession, and Repossession of Urban Land in Crisis." (expected date of graduation: Spring 2019)

Former students

  • Joshua Shake (University of Michigan, 2016): "Privatizing Urban Planning and the Struggle for Inclusive Urban Development: New Redevelopment Forms and Participatory Planning in São Paulo."
    • Current position: Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Wonhyung Lee (University of Michigan, 2014): "Critical Perspectives on Local Governance: The Formation of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Low-Income Immigrant Neighborhoods of Los Angeles."
  • Michael Cantor (University of Michigan, 2014): "Sports and Real Estate Development As Tools for Changing Patterns of Regional Economic Activity: Managing the Effects of Teams and Venues on Local Communities."
    • Current position: Project Manager, Sterling Equities, New York City.

Student Research Projects

Open Positions

There are currently no open positions for research assistants -- please check back again later.