Willow Lung-Amam

Assistant Professor
(301) 405-6289
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Dr. Lung-Amam's scholarship focuses on link between social inequality and the built environment. Her work looks at immigration and diversity in American cities and suburbs, and social and environmental justice issues as they relate to the built form of cities, urban policy, and planning and design practice. She focuses on collaborative and community-engaged approaches to the issues faced by socially disadvantaged groups, and the shifting landscape of urban 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 currently working on a book on Asian immigration in Silicon Valley, which investigates how recent trends in high tech immigration are reshaping suburban form, geographies of race, and politics of development in the region. Her interests in issues around immigration, race, and suburbia continue to evolve in various research projects exploring issues of equitable transit-oriented development in suburbia, suburban immigrant faith institutions, Asian immigration in the American South, multi-generational home building trends, and gentrification in Washington, DC.


Dr. Lung-Amam teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban inequality and diversity, social planning and community development, and sustainability. She also serves as Affiliate Faculty in the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, Department of American Studies, and Asian American Studies Program, and as a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.


Her work has appeared in Transcultural Cities: Border-crossing and Placemaking edited by Jeffrey Hou, Journal of Urban Design, and Amerasia Journal.


PhD - University of California, Berkeley 2012
MCP - University of Maryland 2007
BA - Stanford University 2000