Professor of Urbanism
Division of the Social Sciences and the College
Emily Talen’s research is devoted to urban design and urbanism, especially the relationship between the built environment and social equity. Her work explores ways to improve the form and pattern of American cities and neighborhoods so that they can be more inclusive, supportive, and inspiriting.
Her books include New Urbanism and American Planning: The Conflict of Cultures, Design for Diversity: Exploring Socially Mixed Neighborhoods, Urban Design Reclaimed: Tools, Techniques, and Strategies for Planners, and City Rules: How Regulations Affect Urban Form. She is also the editor of several volumes, the most recent of which is Retrofitting Sprawl: Addressing 70 Years of Failed Urban Form. Talen’s next book, Neighborhood, will be published in 2017 by the University of Chicago Press. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Talen received a PhD in urban geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also possesses a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Ohio State University. Previously, she was a faculty member in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a professional planner in Santa Barbara and Columbus, Ohio.