I currently teach three courses at Wayne State University in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. See below for brief descriptions and sample syllabi.



US 2000 – Introduction to Urban Studies (W19 syllabus)

This section of the course (#5) is designed to help students make sense of metropolitan Detroit, including why the city of Detroit declined, how the region became so racially and economically divided, and what can be done to make the region more equitable. In the first part of the course, students study the evolution of American cities and suburbs over the past two centuries, with a special focus on the Detroit area. In the second part of the course, students compare the built and social environments of different places and learn how to design places to be more inclusive for people of different backgrounds. In the final part of the course, students learn about a variety of policy issues confronting cities like Detroit, including challenges related to regional planning, economic development, environmental justice, and public health.


UP 6680 – Neighborhood Decline and Revitalization (W19 syllabus)

This course is required of all students in the Housing and Community Development concentration. It examines why some neighborhoods decline and how plans and policies can be specified and implemented for neighborhood improvement. Students consider what neighborhoods are, what functions they play, why they can change in terms of income levels, racial composition, physical conditions, commerce, public services, and social interrelationships, and how the livability of neighborhoods changes in response. Based on this analysis, students evaluate a variety of policy options for dealing with neighborhood income segregation, racial segregation, and physical deterioration. The goal is for students to develop analytical frameworks that will permit them to understand the origins and consequences of neighborhood change and offer powerful prescriptions for revitalizing neighborhoods and forestalling their decline.

UP 6340 – Community Development (F18 syllabus)

This course provides an overview of contemporary community development practice in legacy cities. The first half of the course focuses on the emergence of the community development industry, including community development financial institutions (CDFIs) and community development corporations (CDCs). The second half of the course covers five domains of practice: business development, foreclosure mitigation, community organizing, mechanisms for controlling development, and repurposing vacant land. This course is designed to complement UP 6680, but the two courses can be taken independently and in either order.


Last updated February 24, 2019.