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ASM Abdul Bari

330 Hayes Hall
UB South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Bari is the Chief of Staff at the UB Center for Urban Studies. He provides computer information technology support and is the creative design editor for Right2theCity.

Cameron Carver

Cameron is the lead teacher for the Community as Classroom program and a first-year Master’s of Urban Planning student, specializing in neighborhood planning and community development. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from UB. His professional interests lie in Greenspace Planning, Education, and Art as vehicles for addressing Urban Structural Inequalities. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, playing chess, and hiking.

Beth Kwiatek

330 Hayes Hall
UB South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

It was in 1989 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, Africa that Beth Kwiatek realized the racial inequities that determined and defined the U.S’s capitalism and global imperialism. And, that as a white American, she has cultural, political, and economic advantages. That experience continues to inform her work as a social justice worker and writer. In 1996 she earned an MSW from UB. She has worked as a social justice worker, an adjunct instructor teaching courses on whiteness and feminist theory, and as a freelance writer. Her publications include a personal narrative, a memoir, and op-ed pieces for various newspapers. Kwiatek worked with artist Diane Kahlo of Lexington, Kentucky, to design and edit the catalog for Kahlo’s traveling exhibit about missing and murdered women in Juarez, Mexico, titled, “Wall of Memories”. She titled her blog 

Mita Ray


State University of New York at Buffalo, Master of Urban Planning with specialization in Geographical Information Systems

Jamia Milia Islamia University, Master of Arts (Part I) in Sociology

Jamia Milia Islamia University, Bachelor of Arts in Geography



Geographical Information Systems (6-month course) conducted by Jadavpur University, India, Calcutta



  • Evolution of Urban Structure Research Methodologies GIS Applications
  • Economic Concepts and Contexts GIS for Planning Race Class and Gender
  • Planning Techniques in Action Planning Methods Tourism Planning
  • Remote Sensing Land Use & Planning Planning Concepts & Controversies
  • GIS software – Arc GIS, Mapinfo, Arcview, AutoCad 2000i, CadOverlay,
  • Remote Sensing – ERDAS 8.7
  • CIT – MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Word and MS Access



Planning Using GIS Techniques:

  • Master’s Project (Nominated for best Master’s project 2005) : Found suitable locations for grocery stores in City of Lockport, NY using ArcGIS
  • Analyzed environmentally sensitive areas for residential uses in California by using spatialanalysis.
  • Identified sites for affordable senior housing in Buffalo using spatial analysis
  • Analyzed neighborhood preference theory with the help of ArcGIS.

Other Planning Projects:

  • Conducted analysis using GIS and looked for available grants for historical restoration in the Village of Franklinville in Cattaraugus County, NY to develop tourism in that place (Group project as part of Masters Studio)
  • Conducted new land use plan for an existing golf course in Buffalo, NY
  • Studied the effect of tourism development on employment in Ellicottville, NY



Graduate Assistant, Urban Planning Department, University at Buffalo

  • Job responsibilities included assisting graduate Planning students in the use of GIS tools

Lori Martin

106 Stubbs Hall & 239 Stubbs Hall
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225.578.5814 & 225.578.1785


2006 – PhD (Sociology). University at Albany, State University of New York
Dissertation Topic: Income Rich Asset Poor: Race, Ethnicity and Wealth Inequality in America

2002 – Certificate in Demography. University at Albany, State University of New York

1998 – M.S. (Applied Public Affairs). University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Thesis Topic: Directory of Ministries in Central Harlem

1996 – B.A. (Sociology).  Fordham University, Bronx, New York



Race and Ethnicity


Black Ethnicity

Wealth Inequality and Asset Poverty

Race and Sports



Associate Professor

Sociology Department/African and African American Studies Department

Louisiana State University

August 2013 – Present


Assistant Professor

Africana Studies Department

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York

August 2006 – August 2013





Martin, Lori Latrice. In Press.  White Sports/Black Sports: Racial Disparities in Athletic Programs. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Fasching-Varner, Kenneth, Albert, Katrice, Rema Reynolds, and Lori Latrice Martin.  2014.  Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong. Senses Publishers.

Martin, Lori Latrice. 2014. Editor. Out of Bounds: Racism and the Black Athlete. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Martin, Lori Latrice. 2013. Black Asset Poverty and the Enduring Racial Divide.  Boulder, CO: First Forum Press, a Division of Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Martin, Lori Latrice. 2009. Income Rich Asset Poor. Dubuque, IA:  Kendall/Hall Publishers.



Articles in peer-reviewed academic journals:

Fasching-Varner, Kenneth, Mitchell, Roland, Martin, Lori Latrice, and Karen Benton-Haron. “Beyond School-to-Prison Pipeline and Toward an Educational and Penal Realism.” Equity & Excellence in Education. Vol. 47 No. 4 (2014), pp. 410-429.

Martin, Lori Latrice, Fasching-Varner, Kenneth, Quinn, Molly, and Melinda Jackson.  Racism, Rodeos, and the Misery Industries of Louisiana. Journal of Pan African Studies.  Vol. 7 No. 6 (2014), pp. 60-83.

Martin, Lori Latrice. “Debt to Society:  Asset Poverty and Prisoner Reentry. The Review of Black Political Economy.Vol. 38 No. 2 (2011), pp. 131-143.


Chapters in peer-reviewed book:

Martin, Lori Latrice, Horton, Hayward Derrick, and Teresa A. Booker.  In Press.  Race, Class, and Nativity: A Multilevel Analysis of the Forgotten Working-Class, 1980-2009.  In Black Sociology: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions. Edited by Earl Wright, II and Edward Wallace.  Ashgate Publishing Company.

Martin, Lori Latrice. 2014. “Been There Done That: With Zimmerman, History Repeats Itself.” In Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong. Editors Kenny Fasching-Varner, Rema Reynolds, Katrice Albert, and Lori Latrice Martin, pp. 15-18.

Jin-Kyu Jung

Office: UW2-226
Mailing: Box 358530
18115 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011-8246

Jin-Kyu Jung is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell (, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. He is an urban geographer and planner who has a strong theoretical and technical expertise in Geographic Information Science (GISci) and mixed-methods approaches. He continuously explores the importance of urban politics and power as well as the complexities of race, class, and gender in cities, and how the shaping of these categories effectively complicates urban geographic knowledge. Particularly, he has been conducting researches on new ways of expanding the qualitative capabilities of GIS and geographic visualization. His current research is especially centered on ‘qualitative geovisualization,’ an approach for collecting, integrating, analyzing, and visualizing various forms of quantitative, qualitative and geovisual information in more accessible and user-friendly platforms of new GIS such as geographic web and geo-tagged social media. He believes these new possibilities of GIS and geovisualization will allow us a more ‘popular’ and ‘meaningful’ engagement with analysis and representation of spaces and people’s perception/conceptualization of place, and have potential to be implemented in the community-based planning process.

Li Yin

331 Hayes Hall
UB South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214
Professor Yin’s focuses on practical applications of spatial models, joining amenity and location theory with applied GIS and simulation methods to explore the complexity and dynamic processes of urban systems for environmental planning, urban design, and sustainable development.
Building upon research across disciplines on innovative methods, she studies the impact of amenity on urban growth and the built environment to help understand location choices and the dynamics of growth and decline. To advance this research she has been working in a rapid development area which draws on planning and computing as well as several other related fields to develop strategies for sustainably managing smart urban community growth and change. Professor Yin has played a key role in several funded research projects totaling several million dollars, working with researchers representing various disciplines and types of organizations across Colorado, Utah, and New York.


Ph.D., University of Colorado, Design and PlanningM.S., Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand, Urban Planning, Land and Housing DevelopmentB.S., Yunnan Polytechnic University, Kunming, P.R.China, Architecture


Dr. Yin’s teaching portfolio reflects her concentration on technological applications in the field of urban and regional planning. She teaches three classes: an undergraduate course, Computing for Environmental Analysis; and two graduate electives, GIS Applications and Planning Support System and Advanced GIS.


Dr. Yin’s research focuses on computer technology applications in a wide variety of urban growth issues and inner city redevelopment. She is interested in exploring new tools which enable high level of visualization, simulations, 3-D modeling, and database management to construct scenarios and evaluate alternatives to facilitate better communication and increase the efficiency in the planning process.

Public Service

Dr. Yin actively engages in public service focusing on public health and the built environment in the Buffalo-Niagara Region.

Selected Publications

  • Hajrasouliha, A. and Yin, L. (Forthcoming). The Impact of Street Network Connectivity on Pedestrian Volume. Urban Studies.
  • Baek, Solhyon, Samina Raja, Jiyoung Park, Leonard Epstein, Li Yin, and James Roemmich (Forthcoming). Park Design and Children’s Active Play: A Micro-Scale Spatial Analysis of Intensity of Play in Olmsted’s Delaware Park. Environment and Planning B.
  • Feda, Denise, April Seelbinder, Solhyon Baek, Samina Raja, Li Yin, and James N Roemmich (Forthcoming). Neighbourhood Parks and Reduction in Stress among Adolescents: Results from Buffalo, New York. Indoor and Built Environment.
  • Huang, H. and Yin, L. (Forthcoming) Creating Sustainable Urban Built Environments: An application of Hedonic House Price Models in Wuhan, China. Journal of Housing and Built Environment.
  • Yin, L. and Shiode, N. (2014) “3D Spatial-Temporal GIS Model of Urban Environments for Supporting the Designing and Planning Process. Journal of Urbanisim: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability. 7(2). pp 152-169
  • Yin, L., Raja, S., Li, X., Lai, Y., Epstein, L. H., and Roemmich, J. N. (2013) Neighborhood for Playing: Using GPS, GIS, and Accelerometry to Delineate Areas within which Youth are Physically Active. Urban Studies, 50(14), pp2922-2939
  • Yin, L. (2013) Assessing Walkability in the City of Buffalo: An Application of Agent-Based Simulation, Journal of Urban Planning and Development. 139(3). pp166-175
  • Silverman, R.M., Yin, L, and Patterson, K. 2013. Dawn of the Dead City: An Exploratory Analysis of Vacant Addresses in Buffalo, NY 2008-2010.Journal of Urban Affairs 35(2), pp131-152
  • Yin, L. 2010. “Modeling Cumulative Effects of Wildfire Hazard Policy and Exurban Household Location Choices: An Application of Agent-based Simulations.” Planning Theory and Practice 11(3), pp375-396
  •  Yin, L. 2010. “Integrating 3D Visualization and GIS in Planning Education,”Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 34(3), pp419-438.
  • Raja, S., Yin, L., Roemmich, J., Ma, C., Epstein, L., Yadav, P. and Ticoalu, A. 2010. “Food environment, Built Environment, and Women’s BMI: Evidence from Erie County, New York” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 29(4), pp444-460.
  •  Muller, B. and Yin, L. 2010. “Regional Governance and Hazard Information: The Role of Co-ordinated Risk Assessment and Regional Spatial Accounting in Wildfire Hazard Mitigation”. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 53(1), pp1-21.
  • Yin, L. 2009. “The Dynamics of Residential Segregation in Buffalo: An Agent-Based Simulation” Urban Studies 46(13), pp2749-2770.
  • Muller, B., Yin, L., Kim, Y., and Alexanderescu, F. 2008. “The Dynamics of Land Development in Resort Communities: A Multiagent Simulation of Growth Regimes and Housing Choice” Environment and Planning A 40(7), pp1728-1743.
  • Yin, L. and Muller, B. 2008. “Urbanization and Resort Regions: Creating an Agentbased Simulation of Housing Density in ‘Ski Country’” Journal of Urban Technology, 15(2), pp55-75.
  • Yin, L. and Hastings, J. 2007. “Capitalizing on Views: Assessing Visibility Using 3D Visualization and GIS Technologies for Hotel Development in the City of Niagara Falls, USA” Journal of Urban Technology, 14(3), pp59-82.
  • Yin, L. 2007. “Assessing Indirect Spatial Effects of Mountain Tourism Development: An Application of Agent-based Spatial Modeling” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 37(3), pp257-265.
  • Yin, L. and Muller, B. 2007. “Residential Location and the Biophysical Environment: Exurban Development Agents in a Heterogeneous Landscape”Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 34(2), pp279-295.
  • Roemmich, J. N., Epstein, L. H., Raja, S., and Yin, L. 2007. “The Neighborhood and Home Environments: Disparate Relationships with Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors in Youth” Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 33(1) pp 29-38.
  • Yin, L. 2006. “Agent-based Simulations for Disaster Decision Support”Journal of Security Education, 1(4) pp169-175.
  • Roemmich, J. N., Epstein, L. H., Raja, S., Yin, L., Robinson, J., and Winiewicz, D. 2006. “Association of Access to Parks and Recreational Facilities with the Physical Activity Of Young Children” Preventive Medicine, 43(6) pp 437-441.

Selected Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Yin, L. and Silverman, R. M. 2011. Do Vacant Properties Kill Neighborhoods?: An Agent based Simulation of Property Owner’s Responses to Abandonment. 2011 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, October.

  • Yin, L. Spatial-Temporal Visualization of Urban Environments, 2011. Utah American Planning Association (APA) Conference, October.
  • Yin, L., Raja, S., Huang, H., Roemmich, J. and Epstein, L. 2011. Built Environment and Physical Activity: Assessing Accessibility in Space-Time Neighborhoods. 2011
  • Annual Conference of Association of American Geographers, Seattle, Washington, April.
  • Yin, L., Raja, S., Huang, H., Roemmich, J. and Epstein, L. 2010. Accessibility and Physical Activity: A Space-Time Model. 2010 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October.
  • Yin, L. and Shiode, N. 2010. Cities in Space and Time: A Spatial-Temporal Visualization Model of Urban Environments. The Fourth International Association for China Planning Conference, Tongji University, Shanghai, June.
  • Yin, L. and Shiode, N. 2010. Cities in Space and Time: A Spatial-Temporal Visualization Model of Urban Environments. The Fourth International Association for China Planning Conference, Tongji University, Shanghai, June.
  • Yin, L., Raja, S., Roemmich, J., Epstein, L. and Li, X. 2009. “Assessing Children’s Playing Environment: A Case Study of Erie County, New York”, 2009 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, Crystal City, Virginia, October.
  • Yin, L. 2009. (peer-reviewed). “Assessing Walkability in the City of Buffalo: An Application of Agent-based Simulation,” Computers in Urban Management and Urban Planning (CUPUM) 2009, Hong Kong, June.
  • Yin, L. 2009. “Beyond 2D GIS Mapping: Teaching 3D Visualization and Urban Simulation in Planning Programs,” The Third International Association for China Planning Conference, Nanjin University, June.

Qian Wang

231 Ketter Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260

Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She earned her Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2008. Her major research interest includes transportation planning, freight system modeling, and transportation economics. Her professional practices cover a wide spectrum of transportation fields, including travel demand forecasting, travel behavior analysis, sustainable transportation systems, and congestion pricing.

Dr. Wang has been investigators and partners of more than ten multi-year and multi-disciplinary research projects, funded by the international, national, and state agencies such as the VOLVO Research and Educational Foundations, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) Region II, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and so on.  Meanwhile, she has been in charge of multiple travel demand model developments for both freight and passenger transportation systems in different geographical scales, with particular interest in integrating various data sources and modeling tools to facilitate decision making. In addition, as some examples of her current funded research, she is working on GIS-based performance measurement for assessing transportation sustainability and neighborhood livability, impacts of congestion pricing on travel behavior, and novel travel demand forecasting tools that address the interactions among transportation, land use, and economic development, particularly in small geographical scales and in dynamic fashion.

Dr. Wang has authored dozens of research papers in the leading international transportation journals and conferences. She is also the elective members of several well-recognized international and national research committees and organizations, such as  the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Urban Freight Transportation, the TRB Committee on Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Freight Mobility Council, the National Cooperative Freight Research Program (NCFRP) Project Panel, and the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA).

Dr. Wang has been serving in the review boards of more than ten international and national journals, conference proceedings and research entities. She was also a selected fellow of the NSF funded PASI-TS (Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on Transportation Sciences) in 2005, and received a major technology innovation award in China, i.e., the Science and Technology Progress Award, for her contributions in the research project of Design Regulations for At-grade Intersections on Urban Streets in 2002.

James W. Pitts

Mr. Pitts is the President and CEO of the J. W. Pitts Planning & Development LLC, a community planning and real estate development company located in the City of Buffalo NY. As a professional urban planner he has extensive experience and success in completing a broad range of public and private projects. These projects involve; revitalizing central city neighborhoods, redeveloping abandoned and obsolete public housing, cultural and historic preservation, brownfield remediation, downtown and waterfront planning and clean economic development.


Mr. Pitts’ work includes research in the areas of; affordable housing, place based and sustainable community development, brownfield revitalization, ecological and green design, clean business growth and workforce development.


B.A. (Urban Affairs) State University of New York at Buffalo

M.U.P. (Urban and Regional Planning) State University of New York at Buffalo

Public Service

Mr. Pitts is currently the President of the Buffalo Green Gold Development Corp. and is the Vice Chairman for the Buffalo Urban League. He is the former President of the City of Buffalo Common Council and has served on numerous City of Buffalo and regional community and economic development boards.

Selected Projects

Pratt Willert Revitalization and Homeownership Zone

Ellicott Town Center

Frederick Douglass Towers Redevelopment

A.D. Price Courts Redevelopment

Buffalo Forge Redevelopment Plan

Buffalo Niagara Medical Center Plan

King Center Charter School

Niagara Falls Housing Authority HOPE VI Project

Niagara Falls Brownfield Opportunity Study

Perry Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant

J.E. Nash House Historic Preservation

J.E. Nash Interpretive Center

Green Gold Enterprise Center

Selected activities, honors and awards

He has received numerous awards and honors some of which include, Celebrating a Greener New York, the Stone of Hope Award, Carrier of the Torch Award, Black Achievers Award of Excellence, the Buffalo News Citizen of the Year, N.A.A.C.P. Outstanding Community Services Award and the Martin Luther King Community service Award.


Kelly Patterson

663 Baldy Hall
Amherst, NY 14260

Dr. Kelly Patterson is a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Urban Studies and an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. Her research and teaching focuses on social welfare policy, low income housing, neighborhood revitalization, and community development. She has books, book chapters, and journal articles on these topics.


Dr. Patterson’s research focuses on subsidized housing, segregation and inequality in regional housing markets, and homelessness. Her current research projects include siting affordable housing in shrinking cities, the role of anchor institutions in housing and community development, the effectiveness of the HUD-VASH program for formally homeless Veterans, and social service utilization of homeless women.


B.A., Sociology, North Carolina Central University
M.S., Public Affairs, State University of New York at Buffalo

Ph.D., Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Public Service

Dr. Patterson is a board member of Belmont Housing Services in Buffalo, New York. Belmont is largest low-income housing developer in western New York. She was also co-chair of the 2014 conference program committee for the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP). In addition to these activities, she is a manuscript referee for Urban Affairs Review, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Community Practice, the Community Development Journal, and, Journal of Urban Affairs, and other publications.

Selected Publications

“Neighborhood Outcomes of Formally Homeless Veterans Participating in the HUD-VASH Program.” Journal of Community Practice, 22:3, 2014. (with Tom Nochajski, and Laiyun Wu).

“Trapped in Poor Places? An Assessment of the Residential Spatial Patterns of Housing Choice Voucher Holders in 2004 and 2008.” Journal of Social Service Research 38 (5): 637-655, 2012. (with Eun-Hye Enki Yoo)

“William Worthy’s Concept of ‘Institutional Rape’ Revisited: Anchor Institutions and Residential Displacement in Buffalo, NY.” Humanity & Society. (with Rob Silverman and Jade Lewis)

Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development. New York: Routledge, 2013. (with Rob Silverman)

“Chasing a Paper Tiger: Evaluating Buffalo’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice,” Current Urban Studies, 1(3), 2013. (with Rob Silverman and Jade Lewis).

“Dawn of the Dead City: An Exploratory Analysis of Vacant Addresses in Buffalo, NY 2008-2010,” Journal of Urban Affairs, 35(2) 131-152, 2013. (with Rob Silverman and Li Yin).

“The Four Horsemen of the Fair Housing Apocalypse: A Critique of Fair Housing Policy in the U.S.,” Critical Sociology, 38(1): 123-140, 2012. (with Rob Silverman).

Fair and Affordable Housing in the US: Trends, Outcomes, Future Directions. Boston: Brill, 2011 and Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2012. (with Rob Silverman).

“The Effects of Perceived Funding Trends on Nonprofit Advocacy: A National Survey of Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations in the United States,” International Journal of Public Sector Management, 24(5): 435-351, 2011 (with Rob Silverman) (2012 Emerald Literati Network, Highly Commended Article Award).

“A Case for Expanding Nonprofit Activities in Affordable Housing: An Analysis of Low-income Housing Tax Credit Outcomes 1987-2006,” Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 17(1):33-48, 2011 (with Rob Silverman).

“How Local Public Administrators, Non-Profit Providers and Elected Officials Perceive Impediments to Fair Housing in the Suburbs: An Analysis of Erie County, New York.” Housing Policy Debate, 21(1): 165-188, 2011 (with Rob Silverman).

“The Effects of Perceived Funding Trends on Nonprofit Advocacy: A National Survey of Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations in the United States,” International Journal of Public Sector Management, 24(5): 435-451, 2011 (with Rob Silverman).