Ph.D. Alumni

Our doctoral graduates are employed around the world. Listed below are their dissertation titles, links to the dissertations themselves, the names of their advisors, and their current place of employment. 

 

Dr. Dana Habeeb2017

Dissertation: Exploring Urban Agriculture as a Climate Change Mitigation Strategy at the Neighborhood Scale, under the supervision of Professor Brian Stone.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, Indiana University, Bloomington.  

 

Dr. Thomas Douthat, 2017

Dissertation: Adaptive Efficiency in Coffee Clusters: Resilience through Agglomeration, Global Value Chains, Social Networks, and Institutions, under supervision of Associate Professor Michael Elliott.

Current Position: Research Engineer, Georgia Institute of Technology School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  

Future Position (beginning Fall 2018): Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Louisiana State University.

 

Dr. Elora Raymond, 2017

Dissertation: The Impact of Racial Segregation, Income Sorting and Risk-Based Mortgage Pricing on Housing Wealth Inequality: A Comparison Between Urban Regions in the United States, under supervision of Professor Dan Immergluck. 

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development, Clemson University.

 

Dr. Wenwen Zhang, 2017

Dissertation: The Interactions between Land Use and Transportation in the Era of Shared Autonomous Vehicle: A Discrete Simulation Model, under the supervision of Professor Subhrajit Guhathakurta. 

Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

 

Dr. Sang Won Lee, 2016

Dissertation: Metropolitan Housing Market Restructuring and Implications for Poverty Deconcentration: The Effects of Foreclosures on the Spatial Distribution of Housing Choice Voucher Residencies, under the supervision of Professor Dan Immergluck. 

 

Dr. Jige Quan, 2016

Dissertation: Density and Energy Performance of Solar Powered Buildings in the Urban Context, under the supervision of Associate Professor Perry Pei-Ju Yang.

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Planning, Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Seoul National University (SNU), Republic of Korea.

 

Dr. Arthi Rao, 2016

Dissertation: Landscape Anthropometrics: A multi-scale approach to integrating health into the regional landscape, under the supervision of Professor Catherine Ross. 

Current Position: Program Manager - Informatics, American Cancer Society.

 

Dr. Sangwoo Sung, 2016

Dissertation: Sustainable Urban Water Use and GIS Application of Planning Decision Support System: A Case Study of Metro Atlanta Area, Georgia, under the supervision of Professor Steven P. French.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, East Carolina University.

 

Dr. Kyungsoon Wang, 2016

Dissertation: The Characteristics of Resilient Neighborhood Housing Markets During and After the U.S. Housing Crisis, under the supervision of Professor Dan Immergluck. 

 

Dr. Raymond White, 2015

Dissertation: The rise of economic development overlay districts in response to industrial land loss: Insights from survey and case study research, under the supervision of Professor Nancey Green Leigh.

Current Position: Principal/Owner of White Strategic Services, LLC.

 

Dr. Barbara Faga, 2014

Dissertation: Formers versus zoners: How and why communities shift to form-based zoning, under the supervision of Professor Catherine Ross.

Current Position: Professor of Practice, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.

 

Dr. Tae Hyoung Gim, 2014

Dissertation: Utility-based approaches to understanding the effects of urban compactness on travel behavior: A case of Seoul, Korea, under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Elliott.

Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Planning, Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Seoul National University (SNU), Republic of Korea.

 

Dr. Jeong-Il Park, 2014

Dissertation: Foreign Direct Investment and Sustainable Local Economic Development: Spatial Patterns of Manufacturing Foreign Direct Investment and Its Impacts on Middle Class Earnings, under the supervision of Professor Nancey Green Leigh.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning, Keimyung University, South Korea.               

Dr. Ge Song, 2014

Dissertation: Polycentric Development and Transport Network in China’s Megaregions, under the supervision of Assistant Professor Jaiwen Yang and Professor Steven P. French. 

Current Position: Assistant Professor, School of Management at the University of Science and Technology of China.

 

Dr. Ann Carpenter, 2013

Dissertation: Resilience in the Social and Physical Realms: Lessons from the Gulf Coast, under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Elliott.

Current Position: Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Keysar, 2013

Dissertation: Implementing Sustainability in Large Public Organizations: Impacts of Bureaucracy, under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Elliott.

Current Position: Sustainability Policy Analyst at Current Technologies Corporation.

 

Dr. Yun Sang Lee, 2013

Dissertation: The Impact of High-leverage Home Loans on Racial/Ethnic Segregation among Homebuyers in the Mortgage Boom, under the supervision of Professor Dan Immergluck.

Current Position: Associate Research Fellow, Research Institute for Human Settlements, Republic of Korea. 

 

Dr. Taelim Choi, 2012

Dissertation:  Economic and Environmental Input-Output Modeling:Building Material Recycling, under the supervision of Professor Nancey Green Leigh.

Current Position: Associate Research Fellow at Incheon Development Institute [Republic of Korea].

 

Dr. Dalbyul Lee, 2012

Dissertation: The Impact of Natural Disasters on Neighborhood Change: Longitudinal Data Analysis, under the supervision of Professor Steven P. French.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Fire Administration and Disaster Management, Dong-eui University, South Korea.

 

Dr. Eric Sundquist, 2012

Dissertation: Reducing Vehicle-Miles Traveled: an argument for land use as a policy lever, under the supervision of Professor Catherine Ross.

Current Position: Managing Director of the Smart Start Transportation Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Dr. Jason Vargo, 2012

Dissertation: Planning for the new urban climate: Interactions of local environmental planning and regional extreme heat, under the supervision of Associate Professor Brian Stone.

Current Position: Lead Scientist, California Department of Health, Office of Health Equity.

 

Dr. Ning Ai, 2011

Dissertation: Challenges of Sustainable Urban Planning: the Case of Municipal Solid Waste Management, under the supervision of Professors Nancey Green Leigh and Steven P. French

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Planning, University of Illinois-Chicago.

 

Dr. Jae-Cheol Kim, 2010

Dissertation: Innovation-diffusion processes in urban design movements: application of the model-prototype-adaptation framework to new urbanism and neighborhood development practices in Atlanta, under the supervision of Professor Michael Dobbins and Associate Professor Michael Elliott.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning, Gachon University, South Korea.               

 

Dr. Caitlyn Waddick, 2010

Dissertation: Healthy residential developments: reducing pollution exposures for vulnerable populations with multiple chemical sensitivities, under the supervision of Professor Anne Steinneman.

 

Dr. Kathryn Frank, 2009

Dissertation: The Role of Collaboration in Everglades Restoration, under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Elliott.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida.

 

Dr. Mitchell Moody, 2008 (deceased)

Dissertation: Georgia's Structurally Unemployed Workers: Do State Job Training Programs Help?, under the supervision of Professor Nancey Green Leigh.

 

Dr. Subrahmanyam Muthukumar, 2008

Dissertation: The application of advanced inventory techniques in urban inventory data development to earthquake risk modeling and mitigation in mid-America, under the supervision of Professor Steven P. French.

Current position: GIS Developer, Norfolk Southern Corp.

 

Dr. Lynn Patterson, 2007

Dissertation: Local Economic Development Agencies' Support for Construction and Demolition Recycling, under the supervision of Professor Nancey Green Leigh.

Current position: Economic Development & Planning Consultant, B+C Studio.

 

Dr. Sugie Lee, 2005

Dissertation: Metropolitan Growth Patterns' Impact on Intra-Regional Spatial Differentiation and Inner-Ring Suburban Decline: Insights for Smart Growth, under the supervision of Professors Nancey Green Leigh and Steven P. French.

Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Engineering, College of Engineering, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea.

 

Dr. Casey J. Dawkins, 2003

Dissertation: Tiebout choice and Residential Segregation by Race, under the supervision of Professor Arthur C. Nelson.

Current position: Professor, Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of Maryland.

 

Dr. Sarah Coffin, 2002

Dissertation: The Brownfields Reality Check: A Study of Land Value and the Effects of Browfield Redevelopment on the Location of Section 8 Housing, under the supervision of Professor Nancey Green Leigh.

Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy Studies, College of Public Service, St. Louis University.

 

Dr. Brian Stone, 2001

Dissertation: A Remote Sensing Analysis of Residential Land Use, Forest Canopy Distribution, and Surface Heat Island Formation in the Atlanta Metropolitan Region, under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Elliot and Assistant Professor Lawrence Frank.

Current position: Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning Program, College of Design, Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

Dr. Mohammad Ameen Farooq, 1999

Dissertation: Social and Spatial implications of community-based residential environments on crime in urban settings: Comparative analysis of the distribution of crime between cooperative and rental apartments in their surrounding urban settings of one-mile radius in Atlanta, Georgia, under the supervision of Associate Professor Larry Keating.

Current Position: Professor and Chair, Architecture Department, Kennesaw State University.

 

Dr. Rhonda Phillips, 1996

Dissertation: A Test of Business Growth through Analysis of a Technology Incubator Program, under the supervision of Professor Arthur C. Nelson.

Current position: Dean of Purdue University's Honors College.

 

Dr. Thomas Sanchez, 1996

Dissertation: Equity Implications and Impacts of Personal Transportation Benefits on Urban Form under the supervision of Associate Professor William Drummond.

Current position: Professor, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

 

Dr. Shi Hak Noh, 1989

Dissertation: Efficiency and Equity Implications of Private Automobile Use in an Urban Area. A Case Study of Metro-Atlanta, under the supervision of Professor Catherine Ross.

Current position: Professor, Department of Geography, Kyung Hee University, South Korea.