I am a faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill where I serve as Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning and hold the Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy. I also serve as Director of the Carolina Transportation Program and Associate Director of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety and Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Education and Development Center.
I’m interested in how investments in infrastructure such as schools, roads, and bike lanes influence travel decisions and the downstream impacts of those decisions on road safety, public health,and city structure. My work considers how these relationships differ across space and demographic groups and how new technology (Uber/Lyft/autonomous vehicles) may disrupt these relationships.
I received my undergraduate degree from Harvard in engineering and chemistry and my PhD in city planning from UC Berkeley. Prior to becoming a professor, I worked as a consultant for Cambridge Systematics and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).