I am a Professor of Geography in the Department of Global Studies and Geography at Hofstra University and have been Chair of the Department since its inception in 2008. In 2011, I was elected a Regional Councilor of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) representing the Middle States Region (MDSAAG) and in April 2013, I was elected by the AAG Council to serve as the Treasurer of the AAG (until 2015). In this capacity I am also a member of AAG’s Executive Committee and Chair of the Finance Committee.
I have degrees in African Studies (BA, Honours), from the University of Cape Town; Economic History and History (BA) and Secondary Education (HDE), from the same institution, Development Planning (MSc) from the school of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, and received my Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (1996).
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 was 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 creation of interdisciplinary programs can help develop and grow undergraduate geography enrollments.