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Alexandra Judelsohn

Current Student—Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning

Alexandra Judelsohn

Email: alexjud@umich.edu

Areas of interest: food systems, multicultural planning, collaborative planning, immigrants and refugees

Biography: 

Alex is a doctoral student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include how the built environment impacts health, particularly for immigrant and refugee populations. Currently, Alex is President of UPDoc, the doctoral student group, where she organizes professional development workshops. She is also coordinating a pilot of the Taubman College PhD Pathways program, which aims to diversify faculty in the fields of urban planning and architecture. 

Prior to her doctoral education Alex earned a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University at Buffalo (2016) and a BA in Media Studies from Emerson College (2010). She worked as a Research Associate at the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at the University at Buffalo where she collaborated with colleagues across disciplines through the Community for Global Health Equity. She has conducted research in the United States and Kashmir.

Select Publications:

  • Forthcoming - Judelsohn, Alexandra, Kelly, Sylvia. Revisiting Food for Growth: Lessons from a Food Systems Studio. In Raja, Samina, Born, Brandon, Caton Campbell, Marcia, Morales, Alfonso, Judelsohn, Alexandra (eds.). Planning for Urban Agriculture in the USA: Future Directions for a new Ethic in City Building. Springer. 
  • Forthcoming - Judelsohn, Alexandra, Orom, Heather, Leon, Daniela, and Raja, Samina. Refuge in New Food Environments? The Role of Urban Planning in Facilitating Food Equity for New Americans. Journal of Urban Affairs Special Issue on Refugees in the City.
  • Forthcoming - Raja, Samina, Born, Brandon, Caton Campbell, Marcia, Morales, Alfonso, Judelsohn, Alexandra (eds.). Planning for Urban Agriculture in the USA: Future Directions for a new Ethic in City Building. Springer. 
  • 2017 - Judelsohn, Alexandra, Orom, Heather, Kim, Isok, Sa, Aye Bay Na, Khan, Hijab, DeVito, Rosie, Diaz del Carpio, Roberto, and Raja, Samina. Planning the City of Good (and New) Neighbours: Refugees’ Food Experiences in Buffalo, New York. Built Environment 43(3).
  • 2017 - Walsh, Elizabeth, Becker, William, Judelsohn, Alexandra, Hall, Enjoli. Civic Infrastructure & Sustainable Regional Planning: Insights from the Sustainable Communities Initiative’s Regional Planning Grantees. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 19(3).

Select Presentations:

  • 2019 - Judelsohn, Alexandra. Planning the City of Good (and New) Neighbors: Refugees’ Food Experiences in Buffalo. Annual International Royal Geographical Society Conference, London, UK. 
  • 2018 - Judelsohn, Alexandra, Raja, Samina. Local Government Response to Refugee Resettlement: How Resettlement Cities Prepare for New Americans. 58th Annual Conference of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning. Buffalo, NY.
  • 2017 - Judelsohn, Alexandra, Orom, Heather, Kim, Isok, Sa, Aye Bay Na, Khan, Hijab, DeVito, Rosie, Diaz del Carpio, Roberto, and Raja, Samina. Navigating New Food Environments: From Burma to Buffalo. 57th Annual Conference of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning. Denver, CO.
  • 2016 - Judelsohn, Alexandra, Sweeney, Erin, Raja, Samina. The Story of Haakh (Collard): Tracing the Trajectory of Collard in the Face of Land Use Change in the Region of Kashmir. 56th Annual Conference of the American Collegiate Schools of Planning. Portland, OR.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards:

  • 2019 - Rackham Pre-Candidate Research Grant. Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan; $1,500.
  • 2019 - Rackham International Conference Travel Grant. Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan; $1,050.
  • 2018 - Rackham Conference Travel Grant. Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan; $800.
  • 2018 - Presidential Fellowship (declined). University at Buffalo, State University of New York; $40,000.
  • 2017 - Land Use Changes through the Lens of Haakh: Planning Implications in a Conflict Region. Asian Studies Program, SUNY-UB; $1,000.
  • 2016 - Dealing with Disparities in Food Access Among Refugees. Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity, SUNY-UB; $34,765; Role: Coordinator. PI and Co-PIs: Samina Raja, Heather Orom, Isok Kim, Roberto Diaz.