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 has recently completed a book entitled, Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia (University of California Press, forthcoming May 2017), which investigates how recent trends in high-tech immigration are reshaping the built form, geographies of race, and the politics of development in Silicon Valley suburbia 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 is also a faculty member at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, Affiliated 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. In 2016-17, she will be a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Postdoctoral Fellow at American University's Metropolitan Policy Center



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