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Specializations in employment, urban and regional economic planning, economic development, suburban office development, and telecommunications and urban form.
Author of From Combines to Computers: Rural Development in the Information Age, published with Amy Glasmeier, State University of New York Press. She was co-principal Investigator for a five-year grant under the U.S. Department of Education's Urban Community Service Program. This project provides financial support enabling several URSP faculty and graduate students to provide technical assistance and planning and research services to Southeast Baltimore and the Palmer Park community of Prince George's County (1995 to 2000).
She has received grants from the National Rural Studies Committee, the Ford Foundation through the Aspen Institute, and the International Research Exchange Board. She has served on the executive board of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning, editorial advisor on the Journal of the American Planning Association, associate editor for the Economic Development Quarterly, and editorial advisor for News and Views, publication of the American Planning Association's Economic Development Division. Under a grant from the U.S. Department of State, she created an urban planning curriculum at the School of Architecture in St. Petersburg, Russia and she received a grant from the Lincoln Land Institute to study brownfields and the redevelopment of industrial areas in central city Baltimore. Most recently, she and Jim Cohen conducted an assessment of industrial land for Prince George's County.