Dr. Lung-Amam's scholarship focuses on the link between social inequality and the built environment. It is concerned with how the conditions in disadvantaged communities are shaped by urban politics, policy, and planning and design practice and the changing metropolitan geographies of social and economic inequality. She has worked professionally on master-planning projects in low-income communities, and with non-profits, public agencies, and private firms on issues of public housing and community development.
Dr. Lung-Amam is the author of Trespassers? : Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia (University of California Press) and has written numerous articles on the topic of Asian immigrant suburbanization. Other recent projects have focused on equitable development, gentrification, the suburbanization of poverty, and the geography of opportunity. Her work has appeared in numerous book chapters and journal articles.