Dr. Lung-Amam’s scholarship focuses on the link between social inequality and the built environment. It is particularly concerned with how the conditions in immigrant and minority communities are shaped by urban politics, policy, planning and design practice, and changing metropolitan geographies of social and economic inequality. Her research employs ethnographic and community-engaged methods that give voice to marginalized communities. She has 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.
Dr. Lung-Amam is currently working on a book on Asian immigration in Silicon Valley, which investigates how recent trends in high tech immigration are reshaping suburban form, geographies of race, and politics of development in the region. Her interests in issues around immigration, race, and suburbia continue to evolve in various research projects exploring issues of equitable transit-oriented development in suburbia, suburban immigrant faith institutions, immigration in the American South, multi-generational home building trends, and gentrification in Washington, DC.
Dr. Lung-Amam teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban inequality and diversity, social planning and community development, and sustainability. She also serves as Affiliate Faculty to the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, Department of American Studies, and Asian American Studies Program, and as a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.
Her research has appeared in Journal of American Ethnic History, Transcultural Cities: Border-crossing and Placemaking edited by Jeffrey Hou, Journal of Urban Design, and Amerasia Journal.