Silvia R. Gonzalez

Silvia Gonzalez (Jimenez) is a doctoral student in Urban Planning and the Assistant Director at the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her research interests focus on the implications of place and the urban spatial structure on socioeconomic inequality. Previously, Silvia worked with the Center for the Study of Inequality at UCLA. She has worked extensively, as a researcher and consultant with nonprofit, community based, and government organizations. She holds a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Economic Development also from UCLA.

Selected Publications:

Loukaitou-Sideris, A., Gonzalez, S., & Ong, P. (2017). Triangulating Neighborhood Knowledge to Understand Neighborhood Change: Methods to Study Gentrification. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 0739456X17730890.

Pierce, G., & Gonzalez, S. R. (2017). Public Drinking Water System Coverage and Its Discontents: The Prevalence and Severity of Water Access Problems in California’s Mobile Home Parks. Environmental Justice.

Pierce, Gregory, and Silvia Gonzalez. “Mistrust at the tap? Factors contributing to public drinking water (mis) perception across US households.” Water Policy 19, no. 1 (2017): 1-12.

Pierce, Gregory, and Silvia Jimenez. “Unreliable water access in US mobile homes: evidence from the American Housing Survey.” Housing Policy Debate 25.4 (2015): 739-753.

Jimenez, Silvia, and Gregory Pierce. “Inequality at the Tap: Explaining Shortcomings in Safe Water Access in Los Angeles’ Mobile Home Communities.” UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Social Justice Fellowship Publication. (2013). Online at:

Kenton Card

Kenton Card is a filmmaker, teacher, and PhD Candidate in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. His work has long investigated how housing is nested within structural social, economic, gender, and racial inequalities. Kenton draws primarily on the methods of participant observation, policy analysis, and documentary filmmaking. He is currently a Dissertation Research Grantee from the German Academic Exchange Service, Guest Scholar at the Freie Universität Berlin, and a Visiting Researcher at the Berlin Social Science Research Center.



Kenton’s dissertation compares housing politics in Los Angeles and Berlin, focusing on rental housing policy, social movements, and interest group lobbying. He investigates the process by which tenants, landlords, and government officials influence rent control policymaking, and how, why, and to what end these agents employ particular strategies to influence policy outcomes.



Kenton’s dissertation is tentatively titled “Comparing Housing Policymaking Across Racial Capitalist Regimes.” His dissertation committee is comprised of Chris Tilly (chair), Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Michael Storper, Allan Heskin (emeritus), and Desiree Fields (outsider). Kenton is supported in Berlin by Antonie Schmiz (FU), Jutta Allmendinger (WZB), and Margit Mayer (FU & TU Berlin). For his comprehensive examination, Kenton studied under Ananya Roy (previous-chair), Paul Ong, Chris Tilly, and Eric Sheppard.



Kenton has actively engaged in and researched place-based pedagogy as a strategy of spatial praxis beyond the university. For instance, in 2018 and 2020 he worked as a Teaching Assistant on scholar-activist/community-university research projects: for Jan Breidenbach on the UCLA Labor Center’s Community Scholars’ “Do Bills Build Homes? An Assessment of California’s 2017 Housing Package on Addressing the Housing Crisis in Los Angeles County”; and later for Sandra McNeill on the UCLA Department of Urban Planning’s Community Collaborative’s “De-Commodifying Housing During Covid-19.”


In 2012, Kenton co-launched a research collective called The City and the Political at The Public School, Berlin. His early research revealed unintended consequences of public interest architectural design-build programs across the USA. In 2008-2010 Kenton led a two-year project to design and build an agricultural greenhouse (964 sq ft) for Marlboro College, which included leading a community design process, fundraising initiative, and a sustainable construction process by salvaging materials and harvesting/milling timber.



Kenton is a member of the California Economists Collective. He has also worked as a filmmaker for the Antipode Foundation, as the former Managing Editor of Critical Planning Journal, and as a student advisor to the Institute on Inequality and Democracy. Finally Kenton’s past advocacy experience includes working for Housing California and the Planning and Conservation League.



Card, Kenton. “Contradictions of Housing Commons: Between Middle Class and Anarchist Models in Berlin.” In Commoning the City: Empirical Perspectives on Urban Ecology, Economics, and Ethics, edited by Derya Ozkan and Guldem Baykal. Routledge, 2020.

Card, Kenton. “Urban Commons.” In Urban Studies Inside-out: Theory, Method, Practice., edited by Helga Leitner, Jamie Peck, and Eric Sheppard. Sage, 2019.

Card, Kenton, Andre Comandon, and Joseph A. Daniels. “Grounding the Housing Question in Land: On Anna Haila’s Urban Land Rent.” In Urban Studies Inside/Out: Theory, Method, Practice, edited by Helga Leitner, Jamie Peck, and Eric Sheppard. SAGE Publications Inc, 2019.

Card, Kenton, and Jan Breidenbach. “Bernie Should Declare Housing a Human Right.” Jacobin Magazine, August 5, 2019.

Card, Kenton. “Thinking Across Tactics of Tenant Movements: Los Angeles and Berlin.” Progressive City, February 5, 2018.

Jones, Paul, and Kenton Card. “Constructing ‘Social Architecture’: The Politics of Representing Practice.Architectural Theory Review 16, no. 3 (2011): 228–244.

Card, Kenton. “Democratic Social Architecture or Experimentation on the Poor?: Ethnographic Snapshots.” Design Philosophy Papers 9, no. 3 (2011): 217–234.



Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson (Antipode Foundation)
Berlin’s Urban Fights 
Architecture for the Underserved
Erik Swyngedouw: Politics and the Political
Firebreak Project



Yiwen (Xavier) Kuai

Yiwen is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin. His research interests include housing affordability, housing inequality, neighborhoods and poverty, gentrification, transportation, urban economics, and international development. His current research projects include topics on federal and state housing policies, evictions, parking, inequality, gentrification, policing, and social networks. Yiwen is also a research affiliate of Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, Ziman Center for Real Estate, and Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

Recent Publications

Nelson, K., Gromis, A., Kuai, Y., Lens, M. Spatial Concentration and Spillover: Eviction Dynamics in Los Angeles Neighborhoods, 2005-2015. Housing Policy Debate, forthcoming.

Lens, M., Nelson, K., Gromis, A., Kuai, Y. 2020. The Neighborhood Context of Eviction in Southern California. City & Community, forthcoming (Early View Online).

Ellen I. G., Horn, K., & Kuai, Y. 2018. Gateway to Opportunity? Disparities in Neighborhood Conditions Among Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Residents. Housing Policy Debate, 28(4): 572-591.

Lens, M., Stoll, M. A., & Kuai, Y. 2019. Trends in Misdemeanor Arrests in Los Angeles: 2001-2017. Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles.

Monkkonen, P. & Kuai, Y. 2018. Federal Housing Assistance in Los Angeles County is Primarily for High-Income Neighborhoods. Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles.

Ellen, I. G., Horn, K., Kuai, Y., Pazuniak, R., & Williams, M.D. 2015. Effect of QAP Incentives on the Location of LIHTC Properties. U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Policy Development & Research, Washington D.C.