My expertise is in aging-in-place and relocation research; stress, coping, and adaptation; and I have experience with advanced statistics and analyzing longitudinal datasets. I have a graduate certificate in statistics along with my master's and doctoral degrees. I have successfully collected, analyzed, interpreted, presented and published manuscripts on residential relocation, aging, and adaptation to senior housing.
My interests focus on the influences that the built environment may have on the learning outcome of students, cultural symbolism, habitats and place identity. Although my studies enphasize higher education students I also conduct research in the areas of elderly housing and healthcare.
I'm a geographer studying how to make urban neighborhoods and food systems healthier and more equitable. My broad interests are in urban development and inequality, geographic information systems, political geography, and place effects on health. More specifically, my research focuses on the role of maps in shaping our understanding of hunger, housing, poverty, and neighborhood development.
I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. I also direct the Community Mapping Lab in the Department of Geography and am an assistant director of the Housing and Demographics Research Center on campus.
You can find more information on my specific research projects on my research page. Among other things, I am currently aiding in a participatory planning process with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, studying the local effects of changes to SNAP (food stamps) in Georgia during the Great Recession, doing participatory mapping of the housing landscape in several Georgia cities, and developing a data dashboard for open data here in Athens-Clarke County. I am currently seeking graduate students interested in open data, participatory research, data visualization, and community development.
My research focuses on two distinct areas 1) the housing needs of low-income households and 2) the relationship between community development and social capital in rural and small towns. Through the use of a qualitative, biographical method, I study the connection between housing pathways and life circumstances of low-income households. My research on housing instability among low-income households has advanced the understanding of the different strategies that families use to maintain shelter and the ways in which personal characteristics and life course events affect their ability to find and maintain housing. My second area of research examines the housing and community development experiences and the role of social capital in community development capacity of rural and small towns. My research in this area uses surveys, qualitative data collection and case studies to better understand the housing and community development challenges and potential solutions facing rural and small town communities in the Southeastern region of the United States.
My research focuses on linkages between health and housing, creating safe and healthy child care environments, and the use of social media to provide people with an online source of trustworthy information.
My research interests include urban land use, housing and real estate markets, as well as issues related to school quality, and the economics of poverty. Specifically, my research falls under three themes: (a) research on real property (housing) valuation and the marketing process for houses; (b) the impact of changes in house prices on household economic behaviors, including studies of the reasons for the gap in homeownership rates between immigrants and other groups, the determinants of the time to first homeownership, housing uncertainties and formation of time preferences, and; (c) research on school quality that includes local government finance, school performance, and a focus on understanding which of the factors that affect school quality also affect house prices. Housing and school quality are at the forefront of the concerns of urban and other communities. Understanding these areas is a key to effective policy, development, and marketing. My research has been published in journals including Real Estate Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, Urban Studies, Financial Decisions, and Urban Education among others. My continuing research extends into international transitional economy…