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I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. I received my doctoral degree from the joint public policy program at Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. My research interests are urban policy, immigration policy, and race/ethnicity. I was a Census Bureau Special Sworn Status researcher at the Atlanta Census Research Data Center (ACRDC) between 2013 and 2014.
My recent research examines local immigration policymaking and the socioeconomic implications of local policies for vulnerable populations. I also conduct research on ethnic entrepreneurship and community development. My publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Urban Studies, Urban Affairs Review, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Health & Place, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Journal of the American Planning Association. Lately, I am examining how local immigration policies and practices such as sanctuary policies affect the local population and community.
I am currently running a Homelessness and Housing Instability Research Collaborative (HRC) with Dr. Sullivan from the School of Public Administration at UCF.