Kathe Newman is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Director of the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School and University Center at the City University of New York. Her research explores urban change, what it is, why it happens, and what it means. Her work has explored gentrification, foreclosure, urban redevelopment, food security, community economic development and community participation. Kathe has published articles in Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Affairs Review, Shelterforce, Progress in Human Geography, Housing Studies, GeoJournal, and Environment and Planning A. She is currently co-authoring a book with J. Philip Thompson and Ross Gittell on Community Based Organizations for Sage Publications.
Nadia Mian, PhD
Nadia Mian is a Lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She previously taught at New York University, The New School, and Columbia University, where she was Managing Editor of the journal, City & Community. Her research focuses on urban policy, redevelopment, housing, sustainability, and neighborhood change. Curious about the role organizational processes play in policy making and implementation, her latest research examines preventative measures taken by the City of Hoboken against flooding and provides insight into how a rational comprehensive method coupled with collaborative planning can strengthen resiliency measures. Passionate about urban planning, Nadia is a member of the American Planning Association’s Community Planning and Assistance Program, and most recently completed a transit hub plan for Bloomfield Township’s Watsessing Station. She is currently a member of the Economic Development Advisory Committee and Environmental Commission in Hanover Township, New Jersey, and has served on Hoboken’s Planning Board. She holds a PhD from The New School, and Masters in Environmental Studies, where she specialized in urban planning from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Eric Seymour is an assistant professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in urban and regional planning from the University of Michigan and was most recently a postdoctoral research associate at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. Eric’s research is broadly concerned with neighborhood dynamics in the aftermath of the financial crisis and their implications for the health and housing insecurity of disadvantaged populations. He continues to be engaged in research on transformations in urban housing markets in places hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, where investors purchased large numbers of repossessed properties and sold them on insecure terms or rented them in uninhabitable condition to low-income and credit-constrained households. Eric’s prior work has specifically examined the reemergence of exploitative contract-for-deed transactions in majority-Black cities and neighborhoods. He is currently engaged in research on evictions in Detroit and Las Vegas, focusing on the intersection of opportunistic property investment and the constrained housing options of low-income renters. His methodological expertise lies in spatial analysis and statistical methods. He draws on large administrative datasets, particularly real estate transaction records, to study urban dynamics.
Mi Shih is an assistant professor in international planning and urbanization in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Prior to this appointment, she was an assistant professor in the Human Geography and Planning Program at the University of Alberta, Canada. Between 2011 and 2013, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the China Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. She received her Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University in 2010. Her research involves two major areas. Building on ethnographic fieldwork methods, she examines Chinese urbanization and planning, particularly focusing on the role of the state, shifting urban-rural boundaries, displacement, people’s livelihood changes, and social conflicts over land development. Employing mixed research methods, her second research area focuses on state developmentalism, land assembly instruments, and discursive and institutional practices of value capture in urban development in Taiwan.
Cara Cuite is an Assistant Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. She is a health psychologist who studies community food security, risk communication and public perceptions of food-related issues, including food safety and genetically engineered foods. Her current research is focused on food insecurity among Rutgers students, including collaborations to implement a “screen and intervene” program in Student Health Services and to create a student community café for food insecure students. She works with the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance, the Feeding New Brunswick Network, and Meals on Wheels in Greater New Brunswick. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, New Jersey Sea Grant, and Johnson & Johnson. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University and a B.S. in Psychology and Modern Languages from Union College.
Meg Cavanagh is a graduate student in the Master of City and Regional Planning program at the Bloustein School, where she is pursuing concentrations in housing, community development, and land use. She is passionate about using communication to create decision-making processes that are accessible and responsive, combining work in municipal and state policy with research and planning strategies for climate resiliency, housing stability, and public health. Before coming to Rutgers, Meg spent two years in Chicago as an AmeriCorps member working in environmental education and youth empowerment. Originally from the Baltimore suburbs, Meg received a BS in Geography and a BA in Spanish from the University of Maryland, where she tailored her studies to human impacts of the built and natural environment. During her undergraduate experience, she worked on an interdisciplinary team studying social indicators of climate change and with city government on community outreach for improving habitat space in public parks.
Cecille de Laurentis is a third year student in the Master of Public Policy and Master of City and Regional Planning programs at the Bloustein School. Cecille looks for opportunities to engage in work that transcends silos and brings together academic and community knowledge, inter/transnational and local perspectives, the humanities and the sciences, and other traditionally separate spheres. Topics she dabbles in and hopes to study further include community ownership models, participatory governance, grassroots resistance movements in cities, climate justice in community development, and the privatization of social and affordable housing. Most recently she has worked on community land trust projects, in the Bronx as an intern for the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, and in Queens as part of a graduate planning studio at Bloustein with James DeFilippis. Cecille received her BA in Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures from Barnard College and spent three years living and working in Kyoto, Japan before she went to graduate school.
Mariam Elsaker is a senior at Rutgers University majoring in political science and public health. She is passionate about development and the politics of developing countries and connections to public health. Last summer Mariam was awarded the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award. She interned at the US Department of State Office of Global AIDS coordinator where she researched health data for countries that receive US health investments such as PEPFAR for HIV/AIDs treatment. Previously, Mariam attended daily meetings at the United Nations on the 2030 SDG goals. She wrote meeting briefings as part of her internship for the UN environmental NGO World Information Transfer. At Rutgers she is active in Douglass Residential College as a supporter of women of color exceling in education and beyond and Chi Alpha fellowship as a life group leader. She is fluent in Arabic and enjoys learning about other cultures. Mariam is also interested in health, racial, and socio-economic disparities in the US.
Evan Iacobucci is a PhD candidate at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, where he studies travel behavior. Most recently, Evan taught the 2019 Voorhees Research Seminar, in which five undergraduate Voorhees Fellows completed a research project designed to bring innovative emergency food delivery practices to Middlesex County. He is currently working on a dissertation project that investigates the development of transportation behavior patterns, which he hopes will motivate effective interventions that promote sustainable and healthy transportation behaviors and systems. Evan has also contributed to research on safety of vulnerable road users, specifically by using content analysis techniques to analyze media coverage of bicycle and pedestrian crashes. Evan previously attended the University at Buffalo, where he completed a Master of Urban Planning degree, as well as a Master of Arts in Philosophy. Evan studied French as an undergraduate at the State University of New York College at Geneseo.
Lauren Nolan is a first year Ph.D. student at the Rutgers Bloustein School. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Lauren served as the Director of Research for the Woodstock Institute, a nonprofit research and policy organization working in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform. She also worked as a researcher and economic development planner at the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she also taught a course in Policy Analysis Methods. Lauren is a certified planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Ooha Uppalapati is a Master of City and Regional Planning student at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, working towards completing the Community Development and Housing concentration. Before attending Rutgers, Ooha worked with a non-profit in Mumbai, where she was part of research focusing on self-built neighborhoods and their relationship with the urban planning processes in Indian cities. She organised workshops to facilitate exchange of vocabulary of planning practice between the residents and planning documents. Previously, she was an Urban Fellow at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements where her learning focused on the different socio-spatial practices that constitute Indian cities. She pursued architecture during her undergraduate studies and worked with an architectural studio on public infrastructure projects including the Bus Rapid Transit System in Ahmedabad and Amritsar.