Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen (infrastructure)
Assistant Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Website: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mai Nguyen’s research focuses on equity, with a focus on how planning processes and public policies reinforce disadvantages or creates opportunities for underserved populations. She has studied contemporary immigration policy, affordable housing policy, the mobility of Section 8 voucher recipients, residential preferences and segregation, growth management, urban sprawl, and the relationship between urban design and mobility.

In 2008, Nguyen became a Faculty Engaged Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. In this role, she worked with the Department of Community Development in Durham to help revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods. As an engaged scholar, she is committed to connecting her students to service learning opportunities within the community and incorporating current planning dilemmas facing local communities into the classroom.

In 2006-2007, Dr. Nguyen was a GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Emerging Issues and grappled with immigration dilemmas facing the state of North Carolina. She is working on a project that examines the costs and consequences of local anti-immigration ordinances to North Carolina communities. Nguyen has held appointments as a dissertation fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and a Senior Research Associate at the Solimar Research Group.