I worked for five years as a public radio journalist, most of them at WDET in Detroit.
In 1995, I went to work in the Michigan State Senate, directing communications and analyzing land use policy.
In 2000, I began graduate work at Michigan in Urban and Regional Planning, completing a master’s and Ph.D. in 2007. I researched the politics of regional planning in the U.S.; my dissertation was a historical case study of development and governance in metropolitan Detroit.
From ’06-’10, I directed the grantmaking program at an Ann Arbor foundation, while teaching one or two courses per year.
Since the Fall of 2010, I have been a full-time Lecturer at U-M, split evenly between the Program in the Environment and the Urban and Regional Planning Program.
In addition to teaching, I am working on a book on the history of the Appalachian Trail.
I live on the west side of Ann Arbor with my wife and two kids.