Dr. Laura Solitare

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University
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Departments: Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Brownfield’s Redevelopment, Community and Economic Development, Environment Planning, Environmental Planning, Health Impact Assessment, Land Use, Public Health and Environmental Justice, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Research Methods, Sustainability in Urban Communities, Sustainable Development

Curriculum Vitae

Laura Solitare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Having earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Urban Planning and Policy Development, she has been as asset to the department since 2003. Prior to coming to Texas Southern she was a lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Dr. Solitare research generally focuses and specializations lie within the arena of: Sustainable Communities, Environmental Justice, Healthy Communities, Health Impact Assessment, Environmental Planning, Land Use, Community Development, Research Methods and Planning Theory. These specializations have allowed her to present and publish a magnitude of manuscripts. In 2011, in New Orleans, LA , she presented “The Role of Health Impact Assessments in Promoting Environmental Justice” for the 41st Annual Urban Affairs Association Meeting. She has also written articles for several Journals- the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, The Environmentalist, Journal of Policy Modeling and the Urban Affairs Review.

For many years, Dr. Solitare has been a part of the Brownfield’s Redevelopment Project in New Brunswick, New Jersey developing a series of Assistance Modules with the latest titled: Financing and Insurance Programs for Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup” . At the university, she has served in several capacities; as the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Member of the Planning Accreditation Board Self-Study Committee, as a Member of the Graduate Admissions Committee and as a Member of the Library Acquisitions Committee.

Dr. Olurominiyi Ibitayo

Ph.D., Arizona State University
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Departments: Political Science

Areas of Specialization:
Environmental Planning, Environmental Risk Assessment, Neighborhood Analysis and Development, Sustainability & Affordable Housing

Curriculum Vitae

Oluroominiyi Ibitayo is a professor in the Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Department at the Texas Southern University’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Prior to coming to Texas Southern, he taught at Jackson State University in the Public Policy and Administration Department and Arizona State University in the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture.

He has been published in the Encyclopedia of Earth, the Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Clinical Forensic and Journal of Environmental Systems. He also has several presentations to his name. At the ASCP Conference he presented, “Greenhouse Workers’ Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides: Evidence from Sultanate of Oman.

Ibitayo’s research interests and experience include environmental risk assessment, risk communication and emergency preparedness, ethnic minority environmental research and population-environment interrelationship. His recent publications which appeared in Risk Analysis, and forthcoming as a book chapter in Trends in Hazardous Materials Research, focused on agricultural pesticide use and/or misuse in rural Egypt and in sub-Sahara Africa respectively. Also, his publication in Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management investigated risk perceptions regarding indoor application of toxic agricultural pesticide while his recent work published in Journal of Hazardous Materials focused on policy and social responses to an industrial explosion. Ibitayo’s publications on hazardous waste facility siting issues have appeared in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy and Waste Management and Research.

In 2008, he was awarded Texas Southern University McCleary Teacher of the Year Award, the Barbara Jordan -Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Distinguished Teacher Award and the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Distinguished International Service Award. Dr. Ibitayo earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Dr. Earthea Nance

Assoc. Professor
Assoc. Professor
PhD, Stanford University
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Departments: Political Science, Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Community Participation, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Planning, Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery, Interdisciplinary Environmental Research, International Development

Curriculum Vitae

Earthea A. Nance is Associate Professor in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, and she holds joint faculty appointments in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and the Department of Political Science. Prior to arriving at TSU she was assistant professor of environmental planning and hazard mitigation at the University of New Orleans, and a faculty associate in the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response, and Technology. She received her PhD degree from Stanford University.

Dr. Nance is a certified floodplain manager and a board-licensed professional civil engineer with over 15 years of practice in the environmental engineering field. During New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Nance served as a public official providing expertise in disaster mitigation and environmental management. During a three-year tenure she raised and managed over $59 million in recovery-related grants, created new municipal divisions in hazard mitigation and alternative energy, and spearheaded the development of citywide plans for sustainability and hazard mitigation.

As a researcher, Dr. Nance is interested in the intersection of environmental hazards, community participation, and urban infrastructure in complex settings such as vulnerable communities, developing countries, and high-hazard areas. She has contextual expertise in Brazil’s Northeast Region (including Portuguese language) and in the US Gulf Coast (Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac); as well as research experience in Mozambique and Pakistan. Her recent publications include Engineers and Communities: Transforming Sanitation in Contemporary Brazil (sole author, Lexington 2012) and Levees and the National Flood Insurance Program: Improving Policies and Practices (co-author, National Academies Press 2013); as well as articles in Public Administration Review, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education, Duke Forum for Law and Social Change, and the American Journal of Evaluation.