positions–I am a Research Fellow at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, with a focus on migration, demography, culture, and economic and community development. I am also co-editor of the book Rust Belt Chic: A Cleveland Anthology and Contributing Editor at New Geography.
exposure–My writings on urbanism, culture, and social trends, as well as my research on economic development and demographic trends, have appeared in various outlets, including NPR’s Morning Edition, Salon, Huffington Post, CBC’s Ideas, the Atlantic Cities, Cleveland Magazine, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and numerous local periodicals, radio, and television broadcasts.
formal experience, philosophy–I have graduate degrees in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and in urban planning and design from Levine College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State. This hybrid formal training has influenced how I view the city: not just as a collection of forms, but as an aggregate of emotions. My writings are carved, then, by the philosophy that a city’s psychology should be attended to no less than its streets, bridges, and buildings.