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Current Students

Below is a list of students in the PhD program. For student contact information, search the Ohio State student directory.


Angel Arroyo-Rodriguez

Hometown: Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Previous Degrees:
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, BS Environmental Science (1992); The Ohio State University, MS Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (1997); The Ohio State University, Master in City and Regional Planning (1998)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Waste Management Planning; Food Waste Management; Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems; Sustainable Materials Management
Email (+) | CV (+) | Advisor: Hanlon


Bilal Caliskan

Hometown: Sivas, Turkey
Previous Degrees:
Istanbul Technical University, City and Regional Planning Bachelor of Science (2012), The University of Texas at Arlington, City and Regional Planning Master of Science (2017)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Non-motorized transportation, new urbanism, complete street, physical planning
Email (+) | Advisor: Akar


Liang Chen

Hometown: Hebei, China
Previous Degrees:
Tongji University, Bachelor of Engineering in Urban Planning; Master of Engineering in Urban Planning and Design; Bauhaus University Weimar, M.S. in Advanced Urbanism
Research Interests/Specializations:
urban regeneration, urban sustainability, land-use planning, urban design
Email (+) | Advisor: Conroy


Junmei Cheng

Hometown: Shanxi, China
Previous Degrees:
Shanxi University of Finance and Economics, Bachelor of Management in Construction Management (2012); Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Master of Science in Transportation Engineering (2015)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Research Interests/Specializations: Intelligent Transportation System, Infrastructure Construction and Management, Project Management
Email (+) | CV (+) | Advisor: Chen


Hui Jeong Ha

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Previous Degrees: Yonsei University, BS Urban Planning and Engineering (2012), Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology (2012); The University of Texas at Austin, Master in Community and Regional Planning (2014)
Research Interests/Specializations: Transit Equity; Housing for Ethnic Minorities; Alternative Transit; Community Development for Ethnic Minorities

Email (+) | Advisor: Hanlon


Xinyun Jiang

Hometown: Zhejiang, China
Previous Degrees: Chongqing University, Bachelor of Engineering in Quantity Surveying (2016); Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering (2019)
Research Interests/Specializations: Regional Economic Development; Labor Market; Innovation
Email (+) | Advisor: Motoyama


Rebecca Kemper

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Previous Degrees:
The Ohio State University, BA Psychology (2008); The Ohio State University, BS Architecture (2007); The Ohio State University, Master in City and Regional Planning (2014)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Complexity Science; Social Dynamics; Urban Neighborhoods; Environmental Psychology
Email (+) | Advisor: Hanlon


Sahar Khaleel

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Advisor: Hanlon 


SeungHoon Kim

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Advisor: Viton


Galyna Korniyenko

Hometown: Cherkasy, Ukraine
Previous Degrees:
Cherkasy State University, Bachelor of Ukrainian Language and Literature, Foreign Literature (1999); Cherkasy State University, Bachelor of English Language and Literature (2002); The University of Kansas, Master in Urban Planning (2016)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Sustainable Land Use Planning; Equity; Disability Rights; Complete Street Policy; IT and City Planning
Email (+) | Advisor: van Maasakkers


Kihyun Kwon

Hometown: South Korea
Previous Degrees:
Chung-Ang University, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Bachelor of Economics; Chung-Ang University, Master of Urban Planning
Research Interests/Specializations: Transportation Planning and Policy; Transportation Impact on Land Use, Urban Spatial Structure, and Travel Behavior; Transportation Equity Issues
Email (+) | Advisor: Akar


Don Lee

Hometown: Daegu, South Korea
Previous Degrees:
Chung-Ang University, Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architectural Studies (Concentration: Site and Urban Design); University of Illinois at Chicago, Master of Urban Planning and Policy (Specialization: Spatial Planning and Design)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Planning Process, Organization, and Administration; Urban Design
Email (+) | CV (+) | Advisor: van Maasakkers


Jeeson Oh

Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Previous Degrees:
University of Minnesota, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture; Columbia University, Master of Architecture
Research Interests/Specializations: Shrinking Cities, Land Use, Urban Design, Public-Private Alliance
Email (+) | Advisor: van Maasakkers


Tonni Oberly

Hometown:Bellevue, Nebraska
Previous Degrees: Emory University, BS Biology (2013), BA Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2013), The Ohio State University, Master in Public Health
Research Interests/Specializations: Community Development, Urban Neighborhoods, Health Equity, Maternal and Child Health
Email (+)  |  Advisor:  Reece


Basar Ozbilen

Hometown: Ankara, Turkey
Previous Degrees:
Middle East Technical University, Bachelor in City and Regional Planning (2013); Middle East Technical University, Master of City Planning (2016)
Research Interests/Specializations: Transport Planning, Transport Policy, Transport System Integration, Urban Transportation in Developing Countries, Multimodal Transportation, Air Transportation
Email (+) | CV (+) | Advisor: Akar


Gilsu Pae

Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Previous Degrees:
The Hongik University, Bachelor of Science in City Planning (2004); Seoul National University, Master in Landscape Architecture (2006); Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Master in City and Regional Studies (2015)
Research Interests/Specializations: Transportation, Land Use, Behavior
Email (+) | Advisor: Akar


Seungbin Park

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Previous Degrees:  Korea University, Bachelor of Economics (2017), Bachelor of Political Science (2017); Korea University, Master of Public Administration (2019)
Research Interests/Specializations: Community Development, Anchor Institution; Economic Development; Public Policy; Spatial Data Analysis/GIS
Advisor: Lara 


Yujin Park

Hometown: Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Previous Degrees:
Seoul National University, Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Literature (2012); Seoul National University, Master of City Planning (2014)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Green Space; Sustainable Land-use; Ecological Planning; Spatial Statistics; GIS
Email (+) | Advisor: Guldmann


Glennon Sweeney

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Previous Degrees:
The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Geography (2011); The Ohio State University, Master in City and Regional Planning (2015)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Metropolitan Neighborhood Change, Food Justice, Suburbs, Equity, Jurisdictional Fragmentation
Email (+) | Advisor: Hanlon


W. Alex Wesaw

Hometown: Bremen, Ohio, USA
Previous Degrees:
Ohio University, BS Communication (2012); Ohio University, Master of Public Administration (2014)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Economic Development; Community Development; Intergovernmental Relations
Email (+) | Advisor: Kleit


Jessica Pagan Wilson

Hometown: Miami, Florida, USA
Previous Degrees:
Drexel University; Bachelor of Science in History and Politics (2009); Brown University; Master of Arts in Environmental Studies (2011); Florida Atlantic University; Master of Urban and Regional Planning (2015)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Environmental Planning, Water Management, Sustainability, Climate Change, Environmental Policy
Email (+) | Advisor: Conroy


Aram Yang

Hometown: Daejeon, South Korea
Previous Degrees:
Chungnam National University, Bachelor of Arts in Local Autonomy Administration (2013); Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Master in City and Regional Planning (2015)
Research Interests/Specializations:
Affordable Housing, Poverty, Transit
Email (+) | Advisor: Kleit 


Shan Yang

Hometown:  Chongqing, China
Previous Degrees: Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Urban Planning, BE(2016); University of Florida, Urban and Regional Planning, Master of Urban and Regional Planning(2018)
Research Interests/Specializations: Disaster Management, Sustainability, GIS
Advisor: Chen