Dissertation Topic/Title: Retail Food Cooperatives in the Urban Political Economy
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Robert Lake
Previous Degrees: University of Pennsylvania, 2004, Masters of City Planning; University of Pennsylvania, 2000, Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
My research interests include community based organizations and community development, democracy and participation, and cooperative organizations. I have a secondary research interest in the arts and urban planning, including community arts and social change. My dissertation project is a case study of two consumer food cooperatives in Philadelphia experiencing organizational growth and change as the politics of food and community shift. I have worked with numerous community organizations in Philadelphia including Headlong Dance Theater, Kol Tzedek Synagogue and the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Teaching and TA Experience:
- Introduction to Planning, Policy and Health – Fall 2011
- Art and City Design – Spring 2010
- Urban Revitalization – Fall 2010, Fall 2009 (TA)