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Willow Lung-Amam

Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Studies and Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation


Asian American Studies

Behavioral and Community Health



Urban Studies and Planning

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Associate Professor Willow Lung-Amam’s scholarship focuses on how urban and suburban policies and plans contribute to and can address social inequality, particularly in neighborhoods undergoing rapid racial and economic change. She has written extensively on suburban poverty, racial segregation, immigration, gentrification, redevelopment politics, and neighborhood opportunity, including her book "Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia." She is currently working on a book on equitable development politics in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

Her research has appeared in various journals, books and media outlets, and has been supported by Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state and federal agencies and private foundations.

Lung-Amam is a nonresident fellow at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies program. She is also an Affiliate Faculty at American University's Metropolitan Policy Center and at UMD’s Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, Department of American Studies, Historic Preservation and Asian American Studies programs, and Maryland Population Research Center.

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