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Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen is an Associate Professor in the City & Regional Planning Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for Community Capital. She received her Ph.D. in Urban Planning at the University of California, Irvine and her Master’s in Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently the Director of the Academic Leadership Program at the Institute for Arts and Humanities, the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program at the Institute of African American Research, and the Equity and Resilience Lab in the City & Regional Planning Department. She is the former Chair of the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association and President of the Faculty Women’s Interest Group at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. She is the founder and administrator of Planners 2040, a Facebook discussion group with over 2,300 members who are urban planning and studies students, faculty, and practitioners across the globe.

Dr. Nguyen’s research is inspired by the goal of creating equitable and resilient communities. She is a housing and urban scholar who seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable and underserved populations. She is passionate about how we can harness urban planning and public policy to create a more just future for the next generation. Dr. Nguyen’s work has been published in high impact peer reviewed housing and urban studies journals such as: Housing Studies, Housing Policy Debate, Housing Theory and Society, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Studies, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of the American Planning Association, and the Journal of Planning Literature. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and others.


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