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Willow Lung-Amam

Willow Lung-Amam

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Governance Studies

Willow Lung-Amam is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. She also serves as associate professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and director of community development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Lung-Amam’s research focuses on how urban and suburban policies and plans contribute to and can address social inequality, particularly in neighborhoods undergoing rapid racial and economic change. She has written extensively on suburban poverty, racial segregation, immigration, gentrification, redevelopment politics, and neighborhood opportunity, including her book Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia. She is currently working on a book on equitable development politics in the Washington, DC, suburbs.

Her research has appeared in various journals, books, and popular media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and National Public Radio. It has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state, and federal agencies and private foundations. She is a former Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellow.

Dr. Lung-Amam holds a Ph.D. in landscape architecture and environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.C.P. in urban studies and planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. in comparative studies in race and ethnicity from Stanford University.

Willow Lung-Amam is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. She also serves as associate professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and director of community development at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Lung-Amam’s research focuses on how urban and suburban policies and plans contribute to and can address social inequality, particularly in neighborhoods undergoing rapid racial and economic change. She has written extensively on suburban poverty, racial segregation, immigration, gentrification, redevelopment politics, and neighborhood opportunity, including her book Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia. She is currently working on a book on equitable development politics in the Washington, DC, suburbs.

Her research has appeared in various journals, books, and popular media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and National Public Radio. It has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state, and federal agencies and private foundations. She is a former Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellow.

Dr. Lung-Amam holds a Ph.D. in landscape architecture and environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.C.P. in urban studies and planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. in comparative studies in race and ethnicity from Stanford University.

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