Eli Knaap has a BA in Sociology and a Master of Community Planning, both from UMD. He is originally from Urbana, Illinois (but have now spent an equal amount of time living in Silver Spring). His research interests center on the relationship between urban spatial structure and social stratification, with a particular focus on neighborhood effects and racial inequality. More simply, I study the ways urban policies impact patterns of segregation and economic inequality. I’m currently a research assistant at the National Center for Smart Growth, where I manage the Spatial Research Lab. I’m also a teaching assistant in the department of Urban Studies and Planning where I have developed and taught two courses on planning technology and spatial analysis. I maintain a website at www.knaaptime.com where I provide information on my research and access to web-applications I’ve developed.