Willow Lung-Amam

Assistant Professor
(301) 405-6289
ARC 1227

Dr. Lung-Amam's scholarship focuses on the link between social inequality and the built environment. It is concerned with how the conditions in disadvantaged communities are shaped by urban politics, policy, and planning and design practice and the changing metropolitan geographies of social and economic inequality. She is the  author of Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia (University of California Press) and has written numerous articles on the topic of Asian immigrant suburbanization. Other recent projects have focused on equitable development, gentrification, the suburbanization of poverty, and the geography of opportunity. Her research has appeared in various journals, such as Journal of Urban Design and Journal of Planning, Education and Research, and popular media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Atlantic's CityLab


Dr. Lung-Amam serves as Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. She is also Affiliate Faculty at American University's Metropolitan Policy Center and at the University of Maryland's Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, the Department of American Studies, the programs in Historic Preservation and Asian American Studies, and a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.  She is a recent Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar and former Ford Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state and federal agencies and foundations.  


Dr. Lung-Amam teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban inequality and diversity, social planning, and community development.  Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Lung-Amam worked professionally on master-planning projects in low-income communities, and with non-profits, public agencies, and private firms on issues of public housing and community development. 


PhD - University of California, Berkeley 2012
MCP - University of Maryland 2007
BA - Stanford University 2000