Associate Professor in the department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, Associate Dean of Faculty at the Cornell Graduate School, House Professor and Dean at the Carl Becker House, Faculty Lead at NFLC
Before coming to Cornell, I taught as a Visiting Lecturer at the Urban Studies Program at Stanford, and at the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley - also my alma mater - while working as a consulting planner with a small award-winning participatory planning practice that focused on providing services to local governments, primarily around issues of affordable housing and comprehensive planning. My experience also includes work to support a range of small NGOs and community initiatives mostly in southern India and the places that I have called home in the United States. Prior to working as a planner, I trained and worked as an architect and partner in a women-owned practice I helped set up in Bengaluru, and for some years before that, as an apprentice with various architectural practices in Mumbai and Kolkata, Zurich and Seville.
At Cornell, I am a house professor and dean at Becker House, a living-learning residential community. I serve as faculty affiliate of the South Asia Program, a fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, and as a field member for public affairs and visual studies.
This diversity of positions and places, clients and collaborators, has shaped how I craft my role as a planning scholar [give link to scholarship tab or to Teaching Planning article] interested in international urbanization, especially small cities and towns, as well as in institutions and organizational practice; as an educator [link to pedagogy tab] who draws on participatory planning scholarship and methods; and as someone who sees institution building [link to institutions tab], and renewal of higher education’s pedagogical, intellectual and civic mission, as central to her work and contributions.