Willow Lung-Amam

Assistant Professor
(301) 405-6289
ARC 1226

Dr. Lung-Amam’s scholarship focuses on link between social inequality and the built environment. Her work looks at immigration and diversity in American cities and suburbs, and social and environmental justice issues as they relate to the built form of cities, urban policy, and planning practice. Dr. Lung-Amam’s approach centers on a collaborative and community-engaged research on the issues faced by socially disadvantaged groups. Over the past 15 years, 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, community development, and urban design.


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 the politics of suburban development and planning continue to evolve with research looking at Asian faith institutions in Silicon Valley suburbia, Asian immigration and the politics of race in schools in the American South, the impact of suburban redevelopment projects on immigrant and communities of color in the Washington, DC metro area, and social capital in ethnically diverse communities.


Prior to coming the University of Maryland, Dr. Lung-Amam taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the cultural landscape of American cities, user-centered planning and design approaches, and diversity in design. At the University of Maryland, she teaches a graduate course entitled, “Planning and Design in the Multicultural Metropolis”.


Dr. Lung-Amam is a faculty affiliate at the University of Maryland’s Center for Race, Gender, and Ethnicity and a member of the Qualitative Research Interest Group. She is also a former postdoctoral research fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Department of City and Regional Planning Program and faculty fellow at UNC’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies.


Dr. Lung-Amam’s work has received recognition in multiple fellowships for scholarship on underrepresented groups and social change. She has presented her research at over 30 academic and professional conferences and invited lectures across a variety of disciplines. Dr. Lung-Amam’s work has appeared in Transcultural Cities: Border-crossing and Placemaking edited by Jeffrey Hou, Journal of Urban Design, and Amerasia Journal. Her book and project reviews have appeared in Berkeley Planning Journal and Places.


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