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Who We Are


Alan Klein
Acting Director of IUS


David Weinreich

Postdoctoral Research Associate   
Office: CAPPA 103H

Education: PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, 2016 MA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of California, Irvine, 2011 BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2001

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Bio: David Weinreich is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Institute for Urban Studies withinCAPPA. David Weinreich’s work focuses on the political obstacles to planning regional transportation systems that cross multiple local jurisdictional boundaries, and the role local divisions have in fragmenting the transportation system—a particular problem for those who cannot drive, whether due to age, income or physical disability. David’s dissertation examined regional transportation tax referendums as a potential regional funding solution, and compared processes used to develop regional transportation tax measures across four US metro regions. His work was funded by an Eisenhower Transportation grant from the US DOT, and by the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies. His work has been published in Public Works Management and Policy, and he has an upcoming article in Transportation Research Record.  David has participated in the regional planning process himself, serving for two years on the Citizen Advisory Committee to the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, contributing to a regional effort to develop a regional express bus rapid transit system for the Detroit region. David has worked or interned at several regional planning agencies in California. He also worked for the California State Legislature, analyzing legislation and doing community outreach on air quality concerns.

James Wood  
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office: CAPPA 103H

Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University, 2018; Master of Regional and Community Planning, Kansas State University, 2014; BA, University of Missouri, 2011.

Bio: James Wood is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Transportation james woodEquity, Decisions, and Dollars. His work is focused on issues of transportation equity and independent mobility, particularly for older adults and people with disabilities. An emerging scholar of qualitative research methods, James explores the everyday world of vulnerable but determined populations who reside in our cities and seek to use existing transportation systems in order to live fulfilling and independent lives. He has examined paratransit services, streetcars, taxi and livery commissions, and the nation's commercial aviation system for their varying levels of adaptability to meet the needs of older adults and passengers with mobility impairments. His dissertation explored the role of elder-service nonprofits in bridging transportation gaps for suburban older adults in several American cities. His work has been published in The Journal of Public Transportation and Case Studies in Transport Policy, and he continues to submit work to journals focused on transportation and gerontology. In addition to his work as a scholar, James has worked as a planning consultant for rural communities in the Midwest, and also served on the communications staff of a U.S. senator prior to his graduate coursework.

Sanggyun Kang  
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office: CAPPA 103A


PhD, Urban Planning and Development, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

MS, Urban Planning, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2010

BS, Urban Engineering, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea, 2003

Bio: Sanggyun Kang is a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Transportationsanggyu-kang Equity, Decisions and Dollars at CAPPA. His field specialization is urban freight systems. He focuses on urban spatial structure and land use policies in urban planning as well as their impact on freight activity in metropolitan areas. His dissertation examined warehouse decentralization - changing spatial patterns of warehousing and distribution centers from central urban areas to the outskirts - at the local, regional, and national level. His work has been published in Urban Studies and the Journal of Transport Geography. Recently, he has led a research project that examines whether warehouse decentralization in the Greater Los Angeles area has resulted in increased truck vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Because more truck VMT is associated with more negative externalities at the local and regional level (e.g., congestion, fuel consumption, air pollution, and environmental justice), it merits further research in several directions of planning scholarship. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the METRANS Transportation Center, University of Southern California.

Wanna Smith
Coordinator of Special Programs
Office: CAPPA 103C


Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Business Administration and Public Relations, University of North Texas 2017. Associate of Liberal Arts, Tarrant County College, 2014

Bio: Wanna’s educational background provide professional administration and coordinationwanna-smithof programs, projects, event planning and other similar functions within the Institute of Urban Studies. Wanna serves as point of contact for staff and GRAs, she coordinates with other university offices, faculty, researchers, departments and special groups, outside agencies, external and internal collaborators, and other member institutions on all center programs and activities.