Members

Hector Agredano Rivera is a doctoral candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Geography at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He received his BA in Sociology (Honors) from the University of California Santa Cruz (2008), an MPhil from The Graduate Center (2015) and an Advanced Certificate in GISc from Lehman College, CUNY (2015). He is Co-PI of a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement award (#1459108) funded project on the role of transportation infrastructures in social change. His research explores the role of railroad workers and the Central Mexican Railroad during the Mexican Revolution. Contact Hector at hagredano@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Lauren Ames Fischer is a doctoral student in Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Her research focuses on metropolitan spatial form, transportation policy and economic development with particular attention to the impact of transport investments in urban areas facing disinvestment and decline. Previously, Ms. Fischer served as Associate Director at the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development where she coordinated research initiatives related to the intercity bus sector, impact of technology on travel behavior and urban economic development. She has taught courses on transportation policy and urban planning as an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and facilitated programs on urban planning for high school students in the Chicago region. Ms. Fischer holds an M.S. in Public Policy from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. Contact Lauren at laf2153@columbia.edu.

Adam Davidson is a doctoral student in Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His research focuses on the intersection of transportation and interactive communication technologies (ICT) in relation to public policy and sustainability goals. Currently Mr. Davidson is serving as a September 11th Memorial Fellow through the University Transportation Research Center, Region 2 where he is working with a member agency on issues of greenhouse gas reduction in the transportation sector. Previously he worked as a Capital Budget Analyst for New York City Transit. He has also taught courses on Public Policy at Queens College (CUNY) and holds a Masters of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Arts from Tulane University. Contact Adam at ADavidson@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Kyeongsu Kim is a doctoral student in Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His research focuses on built environment, travel behavior and accessibility, economic resiliency, transport financing, social inclusion, and in particular, the impact of large transport infrastructure investment on accessibility and economic growth.  Mr. Kim is also a professional transportation planner, providing an on-site consulting service (travel behavior and survey) at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), a New York City’s regional Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Previously, he was a graduate research assistant at the Alan. M. Voorhees Transportation Center, involving in various economic and socio-demographic research projects from FHWA, NJDOT, NJ TRANSIT, and NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. He holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Transport and Logistics Management from Korea Aerospace University, Korea. Contact Kyeongsu at kkim@gradcenter.cuny.edu.

Alexis Perrotta is a Lecturer at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. She earned a doctorate in Urban Planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College. Ms. Perrotta’s research has focused on the potential for public transportation fare structures to respond to income-disparate populations. Her professional experience includes developing ‘green’ affordable housing; policy analysis in congestion pricing, transport finance, housing finance, property taxes, and economic development; and advocacy on homelessness. She is a founding board member of Housing Plus, a nonprofit organization providing alternatives to incarceration for women in New York City. Contact Alexis at alexis.perrotta@baruch.cuny.edu.

Jonas Hagen has worked on urban transportation projects in the New York region and several cities of Latin America, including Rio de Janeiro, Bogota and Montevideo. His research interests focus on the public health, environmental, and livability outcomes of urban land use and transportation systems. Jonas’ doctoral work focuses on the effects of automobile speed in urban areas. He received his BA in International Relations and MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College (New York City) and is currently a doctoral student of Urban Planning at Columbia University.

Do J. Lee is currently pursuing studies as an Environmental Psychology doctoral student at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. His research interests critically examine the connections of social justice, bicycling and sustainability.  Do’s dissertation research focuses on a participatory action research project with food delivery cyclists in NYC to examine the cycling and working experience in the streets of NYC from the food delivery perspective.  This work investigates the intersections of low-wage informal employment, bicycling, immigration, policing, and street planning. Do’s second year research project explores how people experience the transition to bicycle commuting lifestyles through a bike to work event in Lake Tahoe, CA. His previous degrees include a Master in Public Administration in Earth Systems Science, Policy and Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. His website and blog is here.

Jessica Murray Jessica Murray is a doctoral student in Human Development at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a Digital Fellow for the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center. Her interests include mobilities, disability studies, accessibility and mobility rights, work-family studies, technology, transportation, and environmental psychology. She earned a BFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and worked as a graphic designer in a variety of media before coming to The Graduate Center in 2012. She completed an MA in Liberal Studies, on the Psychology of Work and Family track in 2014. Her thesis topic was Work-Life Experiences for People with Mobility Disabilities Living in New York City, which examines the myriad issues impacting the daily lives of working adults with physical disabilities. Contact Jessica at jmurray@gradcenter.cuny.edu.