Willow Lung-Amam

Assistant Professor
(301) 405-6289
ARC 1226

Dr. Lung-Amam's scholarship focuses on the link between social inequality and the built environment. It is concerned with how the conditions in immigrant and minority communities are shaped by urban politics, policy, planning and design practice, and changing metropolitan geographies of social and economic inequality. Her research employs ethnographic and community-engaged methods that give voice to marginalized communities. 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 completing a book on Asian immigration in Silicon Valley suburbia, which investigates how recent trends in high tech immigration are reshaping the region’s built form, geographies of race, and the politics of development in the region and has written numerous articles on the topic of Asian immigrant suburbanization. Other recent projects have focused on battles over equitable development, gentrification, and the suburbanization of poverty in the Washington, DC region and the geography of opportunity. Her work has appeared in numerous book chapters and journal articles. 


Dr. Lung-Amam teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban inequality and diversity, social planning, and community development.  She serves as Affiliate Faculty to the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, the Department of American Studies, and the programs in Historic Preservation and Asian American Studies, and as a Faculty Associate at theMaryland Population Research Center. In 2016, she will be a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Postdoctoral Fellow at American University's Metropolitan Policy Center



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