Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design & Planning



Dan Abramson, Urban Design and Planning
DUP, 1998, Tsinghua University
Urban identity, conservation and design; housing and community development; urban studies in emergent/resurgent market economies and transnational communities

Marina Alberti, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 1992, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Environmental planning, urban ecology, impact assessment, geographic information systems

Christine Bae, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 1994, University of Southern California
Transportation planning, growth management and land use planning, community development

Joel Baker, Environmental Science, UW Tacoma
Ph.D. 1988, University of Minnesota
The transport of organic contaminants in the environment, specifically atmospheric transport and deposition, aerosol chemistry, the dynamics of contaminant transport in estuaries, and modeling the exposure and transfer of bioaccumulative chemicals in aquatic food webs

Jeff Ban, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. 2005, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Transportation network system modeling and simulation; urban traffic system modeling and operations; intelligent transportation systems (ITS)

Rachel Berney, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Community sustainable design and development in an international context; urban design and planning history and theory with an emphasis on social and environmental factors; and qualitative and quantitative research methods for evaluating the efficacy of urban form, including challenges of cross-cultural research

Branden Born, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 2003, Wisconsin (Madison)
Planning process and social justice, particularly with regard to the inclusion of marginalized populations in societal decision-making; land use planning and regionalism; urban food systems planning and policy.

Ann Bostrom, Evans School of Public Affairs
Ph.D. 1990, Carnegie Mellon University
Risk perception, communication, and management; and environmental policy and decision making

Linda Ng Boyle, Industrial and Systems Engineering & Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. 1998, University of Washington
Driving behavior, crash countermeasures, crash and safety analysis, and statistical modeling

Christopher Campbell, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 2002, California (Los Angeles) 
Community processes and structures, social and place identity, participatory and democratic planning processes, planning education

Manish Chalana, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 2005, University of Colorado
Historic preservation planning, international planning and development; and urban history

Kam Wing Chan, Geography
Ph.D. 1988, Toronto
Urban and economic geography; migration; labor market, urban finance; China

Cynthia Chen, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. 2001, University of California at Davis
Land use and travel behavior, the innovative usage of GPS in travel surveys, residential search and location decisions, and transportation safety using non-engineering methods

Patrick Christie, School of Marine Affairs & Jackson School of International Studies
Ph.D. 1999, University of Michigan
Climate change & ocean acidification, coastal zone, ecosystem & resource management, environmental protection & restoration, policy process & analysis, sustainability science

Kyle Crowder, Sociology
Ph.D. 1997, State University of New York, Albany
The dynamics and consequences of residential stratification

Alison Cullen, Evans School of Public Affairs
Sc. D. 1992, Harvard University
Environmental risk analysis, environmental science and policy, quantitative uncertainty analysis, statistical decision theory

Sofia Dermisi, Urban Design and Planning/ Real Estate
Doctor of Design Studies, 2002, Harvard University
Understanding the evolution of office markets and the effect of internal and external shocks, focusing on major downtown locations, with three areas of emphasis: sustainability, disasters (terrorism, life safety issues) and market analysis

Glen Duncan , Epidemiology
Ph.D. 1997, University of Tennessee
Relationships among cardiovascular fitness, body fatness, and metabolic disease (e.g., metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes); Lifestyle interventions involving increased habitual physical activity and/or exercise training and dietary modifications in the prevention and treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular disease; and, Non-biological determinants of physical activity and obesity (e.g., access, income, and the physical environment).

Adam Drewnowski, Epidemiology and Medicine
Ph.D. 1977, Rockefeller University
Relationship between poverty and obesity and the links between obesity and diabetes rates in vulnerable populations

Mark Ellis, Geography
Ph.D. 1988, Indiana University
Immigration, labor markets, race and ethnicity

Sarah Elwood, Geography
Ph.D. 2000, University of Minnesota
Geographic information systems, geovisualization, justice, mapping poverty, social stratification/inequality, urban studies

Elaine Faustman, Environmental Health
Ph.D. 1980, Michigan State University
Developmental toxicology, risk assessment methodologies, toxicology of N-nitroso compounds

Anne Goodchild, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. 2005, UC Berkeley
The analysis of logistic systems, with an emphasis on freight transportation

Himanshu Grover, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D., AICP, Texas A&M University
Urban sustainability and climate change, hazard mitigation and community resiliency, and environmental planning

James W. Harrington, Jr.Urban Studies, UW Tacoma; Geography
Ph.D. 1983, University of Washington
Economic geography, regional economic development, geography of labor

Jeff Hou, Landscape Architecture
Ph.D. 2001, California (Berkeley)
Community design, design activism, insurgent planning, democracy and public space, transcultural urbanism, Asian cities

Bill Howe, Computer Science and Engineering; eScience Institute
Ph.D. 2007, Portland State University
Management of very large or very complex science data; data-intensive scalable computing, scientific databases, visualization, mashups, integration of ad hoc science data

Phil Hurvitz, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 2010, University of Washington
The relationship between physical activity and built environment at fine spatial and temporal scales

Soo Hyung Kim, College of Forest Resources
Ph.D. 2001, University of California, Davis
Examining how plants interact with abiotic and biotic factors in the environment at scales from leaf to whole-plant through canopy and ecosystem

Timothy Larson,Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. 1976, University of Washington
Air Quality (Management Aspects), Atmospheric Chemistry, Measurement Methods for Atmospheric Aerosols, Precipitation Scavenging, Health Effects of Aerosols, Source/Receptor Models.

Joshua Lawler, College of Forest Resources
Ph.D. 2000, Utah State University
Conservation biology and landscape ecology. How human activities affect ecological systems at large spatial scales.

David Layton, Public Affairs
Ph.D. 1995, University of Washington
Environmental and natural resource policy

Miles Logsdon, Ocean and Fishery Sciences
Ph.D. 1997, University of Washington
Spatial pattern analysis in ecosystem sciences and the applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing in ecosystem models

Don MacKenzie, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. 2013, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Transportation energy demand; electric vehicle charging behavior; vehicle automation; policy evaluation

Lynne Manzo, Landscape Architecture
Ph.D. 1994 City University of New York
The study of the interrelationships between people and their physical surroundings, including not only natural and built settings, but also the socio-cultural and political milieu that shape the appearance, meanings, and use of space

John Marzluff, Forest Resources
Ph.D. 1987, Northern Arizona University
Wildlife habitat relationships, avian ecology, animal behavior, conservation biology, endangered species recovery

Scott Meschke, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Ph.D. 2001, University of North Carolina
Pathogen mobility, perisitence, detection and control of pathogens in environmental media (Air, Water, Food, and Surfaces)

David Montgomery, Earth and Space Sciences
Ph.D. 1991, University of California, Berkeley
Evolution of topography and the influence of geomorphological processes on ecological systems and human societies

Monika Moskal, School of Forest Resources, College of the Environment
Ph.D. 2005, University of Kansas
As director of the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Laboratory(RSGAL), her research goal is to understand multiscale and multidimensional dynamics of landscape change through the application of remote sensing, GIS and geospatial tools.

Robert Mugerauer, College of Built Environments
Ph.D. 1973, University of Texas
Sustainability and the impact of technology in built and natural environments; values, social, and cultural factors in design and planning; theory and current research methods

Timothy L. Nyerges, Geography
Ph.D. 1980, Ohio State University
CyberGIS-based decision support for sustainability management; GIS data management; web GIS and public participation GIS; GIS problem solving and critical thinking; data integration; land use, transportation and water resource applications of GIS

Vikram Prakash, Architecture
Ph.D. 1994, Cornell University
Interdisciplinary perspectives of culture studies applied to architecture, non-western architecture, modernism and culture theory

Mark Purcell, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 1998, California (Los Angeles)
Urban, political, economic, and social geography; citizenship and democracy; urban social movements, especially Los Angeles and Seattle

Dorothy Reed, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. 1980, Princeton University
Structural and wind engineering; the investigation of the resiliency and sustainability of civil infrastructure systems - both green and gray aspects- with particular emphasis on post-hurricane performance of power delivery systems

Clare Ryan, Forest Resources
Ph.D. 1996, University of Michigan
Natural resource policy processes and administration, natural resource conflict management

Brian Saelens, Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D. 1998, SUNY Buffalo
Pediatric obesity intervention, environmental and policy factors related to physical activity and diet

Qing Shen, (Director of PhD Program),Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 1993, UC Berkeley
Urban economics, transportation planning, statistical methods and geographic information systems; alternative patterns of urban growth and the ways in which information technologies are shaping cities, particularly their responses to environmental change

Sandor Toth, Environmental & Forest Sciences
Ph.D. 2005, Pennsylvania State University
Developing quantitative decision support tools to aid forest and natural resource management

Thaisa Way, Landscape Architecture
Ph.D. 2005, Cornell
The development of cultural landscapes, designed landscapes, and the emerging discipline of landscape preservation

Jan Whittington, Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 2008, University of California at Berkeley
Understanding the economic and environmental consequences of large scale infrastructure projects, comprehensive planning and implementation.

Suzanne Withers, Geography
Ph.D. 1992, UCLA
Quantitative and longitudinal methods; poverty; urban housing; population; spatial demography

Ken Yocom, Landscape Architecture
Ph.D. 2007, University of Washington
Developing ecologically based design frameworks examining the relationships between natural and socio-economic processes that have created and support the patterns of our urban environments.

Emeritus Faculty

William B. Beyers, (Professor Emeritus), Geography
Ph.D. 1967, University of Washington
Regional science, economic geography, location theory, regional analysis

Hilda Blanco, (Professor Emeritus), Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 1989, University of California, Berkeley
Land use planning, comprehensive planning, neighborhood planning, infrastructure, finance

Alan Borning, (Professor Emeritus), Computer Science & Engineering
Ph.D. 1979, Stanford
Land use, transportation, and environmental modeling; human-computer interaction; constraint-based languages and systems

Gordon Bradley, (Professor Emeritus), Forest Resources
Ph.D. 1986, University of Michigan
Foreign land use, urban forest interface studies, environmental planning

Stevan Harrell, (Professor Emeritus), Anthropology
Ph.D. 1974, Stanford
Environmental anthropology, ecosystem resilience, family and demography, ethnicity and ethnic relations, material culture, translation; China and Taiwan

Donald H. Miller, (Professor Emeritus), Urban Design and Planning
Ph.D. 1973, University of California, Berkeley
Urban spatial structure, consumer behavior and demand for public services, planning theory and evaluation, urbanization processes

Anne Vernez Moudon, (Professor Emeritus), Urban Design and Planning
Dr. es Sc., 1987, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
Urban design, city form and neighborhood studies, design research

Richard O. Zerbe, (Professor Emeritus), Public Affairs
Ph.D. 1969, Duke University
Law and economics