I joined the faculty of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas in August of 2013 after three years in the MPA Program at the University of Texas at El Paso. My research focuses on travel behavior, policy, and planning issues in urban transportation. My primary current research project involves the study of policies, perceptions, attitudes, and travel behavior effects on electric vehicle usage, including a survey of urban residents across the US and an informational intervention project. Additional research includes developing a cost-benefit framework that considers sustainability in transport, the effect of public transit on oil dependence, the relationship between transit planning and land-use, using time-geography to measure transit accessibility, and measuring spatial variability in factors that influence travel behavior. I've also done extensive work on the effect of gasoline prices on public transportation, which was the focus of my dissertation. Previously published works also include studies on the renaissance of rail transit in the US and the spatial variability of changes in travel behavior related to rail infrastructure. I frequently employ quantitative methods and GIS in my work.
My teaching experience includes courses on human impact on the environment, research methods, policy analysis, human and regional geography, urban planning, capstone and thesis writing, and sports in society. I have served as a reviewer for numerous major journals, conferences, and research outlets, SAGE Publications, Edward Elgar Press, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Transportation Research Board. I've also served on the Board of the Transport Geography Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Prior to becoming a geographer and a professor, I was on the golf team at Rice University, and continue to play in amateur tournaments (when I can get the time to do so!)
B.A., Political Science and Policy Studies, Rice University, 2003
M. A., Geography, Indiana University, 2006
PhD., Geography, Indiana University, 2010