Evelyn Blumenberg

Evelyn Blumenberg

Professor and Chair of Urban Planning


Ph.D. in Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Interest:

Economic Development, Gender Issues, Labor and Employment, Planning Theory, Poverty, Transportation


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Evelyn Blumenberg’s research examines the effects of urban structure — the spatial location of residents, employment, and services — on economic outcomes for low-wage workers, and on the role of planning and policy in shaping the spatial structure of cities.

Her recent projects include analyses of the residential location and travel behavior of young adults, the travel behavior of immigrants, the relationship between automobile ownership and employment outcomes among the poor, and predatory auto lending.

Professor Blumenberg was honored in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for her research on the links between transportation access, employment, and poverty.

Professor Blumenberg holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She is currently chair of the Department of Urban Planning and teaches courses on planning history and theory, research design, poverty and inequality, transportation and poverty, and urban policy.

LinkedIn profile


A Driving Factor in Mobility? Transportation’s Role in Connecting Subsidized Housing and Employment Outcomes in the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) Program
Forthcoming in the Journal of the American Planning Association.

Brother Can you Spare a Ride? Carpooling in Immigrant Neighborhoods
Published in Urban Studies, 51(9), 2014.

Civil Liberties and the Regulation of Public Space: The Case of Sidewalks in Las Vegas
Blumenberg, Evelyn and Renia Ehrenfeucht (2008). “Civil Liberties and the Regulation of Public Space: The Case of Sidewalks in Las Vegas,” Environment and Planning A, 40(2): 303-322.

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