Willow Lung-Amam is an 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.
Lung-Amam’s research focuses on the link between social inequality and the built environment, particularly in neighborhoods undergoing rapid racial and economic change. She has written extensively on immigration, suburban diversity and poverty, gentrification, redevelopment politics, and geographies of 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 Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. It has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Justice, Enterprise Community Partners, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and other local, state, and federal agencies and foundations. Prior to joining the UMD faculty, Dr. Lung-Amam worked on master planning projects in low-income communities, and with nonprofits, public agencies, and private firms on issues of public housing and community development.
Lung-Amam holds a PhD in landscape architecture and environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley, an MCP in urban studies and planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BS in comparative studies in race and ethnicity from Stanford University.