Areas of Interest
Food Systems, Multicultural Planning, Collaborative Planning, Immigrants and Refugees

Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning
Urban and Regional Planning


Curriculum Vitae

/ PhD Student

Alex Judelsohn

Alex is a doctoral student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include how the built environment impacts health, particularly for immigrant and refugee populations. Currently, Alex is President of UPDoc, the doctoral student group, where she organizes professional development workshops. She is also coordinating a pilot of the Taubman College Ph.D. Pathways program, which aims to diversify faculty in the fields of urban planning and architecture.

Prior to her doctoral education, Alex earned a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Buffalo (2016) and a BA in Media Studies from Emerson College (2010). She worked as a Research Associate at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at the University at Buffalo where she collaborated with colleagues across disciplines through the Community for Global Health Equity. She has conducted research in the United States and Kashmir.

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming – Judelsohn, Alexandra, Kelly, Sylvia. Revisiting Food for Growth: Lessons from a Food Systems Studio. In Raja, Samina, Born, Brandon, Caton Campbell, Marcia, Morales, Alfonso, Judelsohn, Alexandra (eds.). Planning for Urban Agriculture in the USA: Future Directions for a new Ethic in City Building. Springer. 
  • 2020 – Judelsohn, Alexandra, Orom, Heather, Leon, Daniela, and Raja, Samina. Refuge in New Food Environments? The Role of Urban Planning in Facilitating Food Equity for New Americans. Journal of Urban Affairs Special Issue on Refugees in the City.
  • 2017 – Judelsohn, Alexandra, Orom, Heather, Kim, Isok, Sa, Aye Bay Na, Khan, Hijab, DeVito, Rosie, Diaz del Carpio, Roberto, and Raja, Samina. Planning the City of Good (and New) Neighbours: Refugees’ Food Experiences in Buffalo, New York. Built Environment 43(3).
  • 2017 – Walsh, Elizabeth, Becker, William, Judelsohn, Alexandra, Hall, Enjoli. Civic Infrastructure & Sustainable Regional Planning: Insights from the Sustainable Communities Initiative’s Regional Planning Grantees. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 19(3).