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Willow S. Lung-Amam Ph.D.

Willow S. Lung-Amam, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Urban Studies and Planning
1226 Architecture
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-6289


  1. Ph.D., Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 2012
  2. M.C.P., Urban Studies and Planning, University of Maryland, 2007
  3. B.A., Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford University, 2000


My scholarship focuses on the link between social inequality and the built environment. I am interested in the changing metropolitan geographies of race and immigration and the ways these hit home in local communities and urban spaces. My work looks at the ways that communities are being re-shaped both socially and spatially by immigration and increasing social diversity, the forces behind and implications for immigrants’ and minorities’ shifting spatial locations, and the politics of place and place-making, especially in suburbia. I am currently working on a book on Asian immigration in Silicon Valley which investigates how recent trends in high tech immigration are reshaping suburban form, geographies of race, and politics of development in the region. My interests have also led to current research looking at trends in development of Asian faith institutions in Silicon Valley suburbia, Asian immigration and the politics of race in schools in the American South, and the impact of redevelopment projects on immigrant and communities of color in the Washington, DC, suburbs.