A native New Yorker dedicated to cities, I have 20 years of experience working to understand people’s relationship to city spaces, and a PhD in environmental psychology. With proven analytic, research &  project management skills, I use participatory research, creative visual practice, community engagement, public humanities, creative placemaking, and the creation of innovative urban exhibitions to create spaces for dialogue. An experienced leader, teacher and public facilitator with cross-cultural and multimedia literacies, I often consult on innovative teaching and learning in community-based, K-12, and higher education spaces. 

I am founder of Buscada, a design, art & research critical studio as well as a professor of urban studies and public art at the New School in New York. I am currently Post-Doctoral Fellow in Visual Culture and Social Justice at the International Center of Photography. I was previously Associate Director of Civic Engagement Initiatives at the New School and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban Community Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

I live in New York with my partner and 4-year-old son, who plans to run for president one day on the platform of "More trains, not less!"