Scott D. Campbell (home page)
Associate Professor of Urban Planning
[former Director of Doctoral Studies: 2004 - 2012; 2017 - 2019]
Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
University of Michigan
2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor MI 48109-2069
2352 A&AB • (734) 763-2077
modified: Saturday, November 20, 2021

a wordcloud graphic of recent Michigan planning dissertations (click for larger image)

NOTE: as of 2021, Prof. Lesli Hoey is the new Director of Doctoral Studies. Please direct your queries to her. Thank you.

An Informal Letter to Potential Applicants to the Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Michigan

  Thank you for your interest in the doctoral planning program at the University of Michigan!  For over 50 years, students have come to Ann Arbor to engage in the intellectually demanding and richly interdisciplinary environment of doctoral planning studies.  (Over 200 students have received their PhD in planning from our program. A list of recent graduates and their dissertation titles is at the bottom of this page.) We have a large and diverse planning faculty who welcome the opportunity to collaborate with doctoral students. Students take courses both in planning and in a wide range of disciplines across campus. Graduates work in universities, government, non-profits and the private sector, both in the U.S. and around the world. (Graduates have gone on to teach and do research at such institutions as Wisconsin, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brown, Rutgers, Oregon, Northeastern, University of Baltimore, Iowa, Iowa State, UC Berkeley, Cardiff, University of Illinois-Chicago, Wayne State, Washington University in St. Louis, Arizona State, Ohio State, Florida State, Waterloo, University at Buffalo, University at Albany, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, University of Georgia, University of Texas, and many universities around the world.) The curriculum integrates analytical methods, research design, a rigorous understanding of urbanization dynamics, and an examination of broader social processes and policies. Students address complex systems that typically encompass an array of spatial, environmental, social, political, technical, and economic factors. The emphasis is on theory, analysis and action.   Here are links to the research interests of our current doctoral students and recent graduates.

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A list of recent graduates (since 2014) and their dissertation titles
Vanka, Salila: Public Space and Life in an Indian City: The Politics of Space in Bangalore
Rajkovich, Nick: Assessing and Reducing Exposure to Heat Waves in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Lee, Wonhyung: Critical Perspectives on Local Governance: The Formation of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in Low-Income Immigrant Neighborhoods of Los Angeles
Nakamura, Shohei: Land tenure, politics, and perception: a study of tenure security and housing improvement in Indian slums
Owens, Kate: Negotiating the City: Urban Development in Three Tanzanian Cities
Mills, Sarah: Preserving Agriculture through Wind Energy Development: A Study of the Social, Economic, and Land Use Effects of Windfarms on Rural Landowners and Their Communities
Epstein, David: Fostering Participation and Capacity Building with Neighborhood Information Systems
Skuzinski, Tom: Risk, Rationality, and Regional Governance
Shake, Josh: Privatizing Urban Planning and the Struggle for Inclusive Urban Development: New Redevelopment Forms and Participatory Planning in São Paulo
Meyer, Justin: Art museums and their connection to neighborhood change: A case study of the Portland Art Museum in Oregon
Williams, Jennifer: Understanding Low-Income Residents’ Sense of Community in Post-Aparthead Housing Developments in South Africa
Weinreich, David: Transportation Planning & Finance Through Multi-Jurisdictional Collaboration: Regional Transportation Planning in an Era of Decentralized Government
Stults, Missy: Planning to be Prepared: Assessing Local Level Planning for Climate Change in the United States
Seymour, Eric: Federal Financial Institutions, Foreclosure, and the Fortunes of Detroit’s Middle- and Working-Class Neighborhoods
Rugkhapan, Napong: Technopolitics of Historic Preservation in Southeast Asian Chinatowns:Penang, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City
Rivera, Danielle: Questioning as We Walk: Case Analysis of Community Organizing in Rio Grande Valley Colonias
Trivers, Ian: Mobilizing the High Line
Mcaslan, Devon: Walking, Transit Use, and Urban Morphology in Walkable Urban Neighborhoods: An Examination of Behaviors and Attitudes in Seattle Neighborhoods
Fishelson, James: Planning for a Shared Automated Transportation Future
Cooper-McCann, Patrick: The Promise of Parkland: Planning Detroit’s Public Spaces, 1805-2018
Kayanan, Carla Maria: Building Cities Like Startups: Innovation Districts, Rent Extraction, and the Remaking of Public Space
Yan, Xiang "Jacob": Redefining the Value of Accessibility: Toward a better understanding of How Accessibility Shapes Household Residential-location and Travel Choices
Singer, Matan: How Affordable are Accessible Locations? Housing and Transportation Costs and Affordability in U.S. Metropolitan Areas with Intra-Urban Rail Service
Koscielniak , Michael Roman-John: Ground Forces:Dirt, Demolition, and the Geography of Decline in Detroit, Michigan
Gauger, Bri: Urban Planning and its Feminist Histories
Batterman, Joel: A Metropolitan Dilemma, Regional Planning and Governance in Detroit, 1945-1995
Pfaff, Rob: Regions, Race, Rail and Rubber: An Analysis of How Transportation Planning Decisions Contributed to Regional Segregation, 1922 – 1973
Borsellino, Michael: Discursive Approaches to Gentrification Studies: Excavating the Market-Led Paradigm