I am a Professor of Geography in the Department of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University. I received my Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University (1996). In 2008, I became Chair of the Department and in 2011, was elected a Regional Councilor of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) representing the Middle States Region.
My research interests range across global economics, urban planning, and urban, political and economic geography I have published mostly on urban issues, particularly relating to segregation and desegregation of cities and suburbs in South Africa. In the last ten years the main focus of my research has been on urban and economic issues in the US. Of particular interest has been how the shift from manufacturing to services has changed the economic and social fabric of various suburbs in New Jersey and Long Island. I have also looked at immigration and exclusion in suburban Long Island and New Jersey. Recently, I was a visiting scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies, Hainan, China, where I am part of a research team on planning and economic strategies for the sustainable economic development of the Province. I have also been researching the nature and history of undergraduate geography in the US, and how the use of interdisciplinary programs can help develop and grow undergraduate geography enrollments.