Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D. Harvard Law School
Urban Planning and Public Policy
Land-use law, public-private programs, community development, local government, political participation
Summary of Research Interests
My research focuses on the economic and social aspects of land-use regulation. Land is one of the primary economic resources subject to local regulatory control. As a result, local politics is frequently the politics of land use. Among economic resources, moreover, land can have unusually powerful influence on the definition of community. Each parcel of land has a unique history, linked with its idiosyncratic physical attributes and its proximity to other parcels with equally distinctive traits. Such non-fungibility gives particular social resonance to debates about land-use regulation. My current research addresses three broad related questions: (1) How are resources distributed via land-use regulation? (2) How does land-use regulation affect political participation? (3) How does the legal organization of local government influence decisions concerning land-use regulation?