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 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 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 work has appeared in numerous book chapters and journal articles. 


Dr. Lung-Amam teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban inequality and diversity, social planning, and community development.  She also serves as Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, affiliate faculty in the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, the Department of American Studies, and the programs in Historic Preservation and Asian American Studies, and a Faculty Associate at the Maryland Population Research Center.  She is a 2017 Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar and former Ford Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work has been supported by the Ford FoundationAndrew W. Mellon FoundationEnvironmental Protection AgencyEnterprise Community PartnersMaryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state and federal agencies and foundations.  



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