Urban Planning and Public Policy Faculty

Maura Allaire

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(949) 824-5797
218F Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Water and environmental economics; urban water systems; flood risk management; adaptation to extreme events

Victoria Basolo

Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Associate Dean, Division of Undergraduate Education
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; AICP
206D Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Housing policy, urbanization, urban politics, regionalism, and environmental hazards

Scott A. Bollens

Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Warmington Chair in the Social Ecology of Peace and International Cooperation
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; AICP
(949) 824-7696
226B Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Politically divided cities, ethnic/group disparities and urban planning, urban and intergovernmental growth policy

Martha S. Feldman

Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Management; Sociology; Political Science; Nursing Science; Johnson Chair for Civic Governance and Public Management; Director, Ph.D. Program
Ph.D. Stanford University
(949) 824-4252
226G Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Organization theory and behavior, stability and change in organizations, decision making and information processing, public management, qualitative research methods

David L. Feldman

Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science; Director, Water UCI
Ph.D. University of Missouri
(949) 824-9146
226F Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Water resources management and policy, global climate change policy, ethics and environmental decisions, adaptive management and sustainable development

Ajay Garde

Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, Director, Urban Studies
Ph.D. University of Southern California
(949) 824-9087
212D Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Urban design, sustainable design and development, urban built form, spatial and social inequality, affordable housing, public participation and urban design, land use regulations, non-behavioral issues in urban design

Douglas Houston

Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
(949) 824-1870
212E Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Transportation, air pollution, urban inequality, environmental equity, spatial analysis

Hun Kim

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
(949) 824-9825
218G Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Urban social-spatial transformation, late-socialist, postsocialist and authoritarian regimes, globalization, infrastructure, real estate, development theory and practice, governance

Jae Hong Kim

Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Director, Master of Urban and Regional Planning
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(949) 824-0449
206E Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Regional economic development, land use, economic–physical development nexus, location choice, urban system modeling

Nicholas J. Marantz

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; School of Law
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D. Harvard Law School
(949) 824-8101
206C Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Land-use law, public-private programs, community development, local government, political participation

Richard Matthew

Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science; Director, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs and Blum Center for Global Engagement; Associate Dean of International Programs
Ph.D. Princeton University
(949) 824-4852
212C Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Environment, conflict and peacebuilding; transnational threat networks; international ethics

Michael Mendez

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University California, Berkeley
(949) 824-5756
226D Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Climate change, environmental justice, environmental studies, sustainability, urban planning

Walter Nicholls

Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Sociology; Vice Chair
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
(949) 824-6323
218C Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Urban sociology, politics and policy, social movements, immigration, comparative urbanism, theory, planning conflicts

Virginia Parks

Department Chair; Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
(949) 824-4384
300G Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Urban inequality, urban labor markets, labor, community organizing and development, racial inequality, immigration

Seth Pipkin

Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(949) 824-7695
218E Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Economic development, Latin America, U.S.-Mexico border, political economy, economic sociology, group learning, labor

María G. Rendón

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Sociology
Ph.D. Harvard University
(949) 824-5880
212B Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Urban inequality, immigration, race/ethnicity, youth violence, sociology of education and social policy

Laura Alejandra Reyes Ruiz del Cueto

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
(949) 824-9316
226H Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Housing, urban development, Mexico housing policy, civic engagement

Rodolfo D. Torres

Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy; Political Science; Culture and Theory
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School
232C Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Radical urbanism, Mexican American politics and labor, economic democracy, and Marxist inspired political economy

Nicola Ulibarri

Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. Stanford University
(949) 824-6484
206B Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Environmental planning & policy, water resources management, collaborative governance

Karna Wong

Assistant Professor of Teaching of Urban Planning and Public Policy
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles; AICP
(949) 824-9337
203 Social Ecology 1
Specializations: 
Affordable housing, community development, government policy, nonprofit management, and social and environmental justice