Taubman Faculty and Students Present at National ACSP Conference

Twenty-three U-M Taubman College students and faculty presented at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 2018 conference, which was held recently in Buffalo, New York. Below is a listing of the members of the college’s contingent, along with their presentation titles.


  • Associate Professor Maria Arquero de AlarcónLegal Actors and the Competing Functions of Urban Land: The Case of an Informal Occupation in Sao Paulo’s Periphery
  • Associate Professor Scott CampbellRetooling Our Pedagogy & Practice in Economic Development Planning and Uneven Regional Development: Causes and Concerns (panel moderator)
  • Associate Professor Lan DengPreserving Decent Affordable Housing in Detroit: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Project at Year 15
  • Professor Emerita Margaret DewarGetting to Green: The Challenge in Transforming Land Use in Legacy Cities
  • Assistant Professor Rob GoodspeedExploratory Scenario Planning: What’s it Good For?
  • Associate Professor and Chair Joseph GrengsMobility Justice Perspectives (panel moderator)
  • Assistant Professor Lesli HoeyThe Global Policy Context: Implications of the “Zero Hunger” Sustainable Development Goal for Food Systems Planning in the Global South
  • Associate Professor Larissa LarsenHeat: Can we stay cool during extreme events?
  • Professor Jonathan LevinePedestrian and Bicycle Safety; Accessibility, Derived Demand, and Transport and Land-use Policy
  • Assistant Professor James Macmillen and Associate Professor Scott CampbellTimes of Progress, Hope and Trepidation
  • Assistant Professor Ana Paula Pimentel WalkerLegal Institutions and the Planning Process: Conflicts between the right to adequate housing and to a sustainable environment in Sao Paulo’s informal settlements

Ph.D. Students:

  • Joel Batterman — Metropolitan Planning Institutions and their Limits in the Postwar Era
  • Bri Gauger — Feminism, Gender, and Diversity in the Urban Planning Academy: 1986-1995
  • Alex Judelsohn — Response to Refugee Resettlement: How Resettlement Cities Plan for Food and Health Needs of New Americans
  • Carla Maria Kayanan — In consideration of the digital: Calibrating the economic development profession to the contemporary
  • Michael RJ Koscielniak — Environments of Decline: Residential Demolition as a Regional and Political Process in Detroit, MI
  • Patrick Cooper-McCann — The Fragmentation of Park Governance: Implications for Planning
  • Robert Pfaff — Planning History of Detroit’s Regional Transportation Plans, 1967 & 2018
  • Naganika Sanga — Rethinking NGO Involvement in Federally Sponsored Slum Housing Projects: The Case of Madurai, India
  • Matan Singer — How Affordable are Accessible Locations?
  • Seulgi Son — Opportunities and Challenges for Collaborative Governance: The Politics of Urban Agriculture in Seoul, South Korea
  • Jacob Yan — The value of accessibility in residential location choice

Recent Graduates:

  • Paul Coseo, Ph.D. ‘13
  • Devon McAslan, Ph.D. ‘18 — Walkability in the Seattle Urban Core: Enablers, Barriers, and Walking Satisfaction in Compact Neighborhoods.
  • Nicholas Rajkovich, Ph.D. ‘14 — Environmental Planning Frameworks for Thermal Extremes: Building capacity for a smart and connected approach to creating more comfortable cities
  • Danielle Rivera, Ph.D. ‘17
  • Eric Seymour, Ph.D. ‘16 — Portfolio Solutions, Bulk Sales of Bank-Owned Properties, and the Reemergence of Racially Exploitative Land Contracts (with Josh Akers, assistant professor of geography and urban and regional studies at U-M Dearborn)
  • Ian Trivers, Ph.D. ‘17
  • David Weinreich, Ph.D. ‘16, and Thomas Skuzinski, M.U.P. ‘11, Ph.D. ‘15 (co-authors)

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