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.

Anthony M. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

GIS IT WEB Manager | Visiting Professor
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Areas of Specialization:
Institutional sectors, Land Use, Urban forestry, coastal development, economic development, historic district planning, neighborhood planning, public participation, survey analysis, survey development, sustainability, technology and policy, zoning

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Rodriguez has served in the public sector for over 15 years. Prior to attainment of his Ph.D., he held the post as the president of KCEL Corporation, a for-profit corporation with a clear social purpose agenda. His work has allowed him to provide teaching services to children in at-risk public schools and economic development training to teenagers in youth-build programs. He has sought and won grants for a variety of public purposes, and served as the Planner in Charge for the development of more than three inner city neighborhoods within the City of Galveston.

During his tenure in the City of Galveston, Dr. Rodriguez was instrumental in the approval of the Beach Access Plan (Ordinance 90:10) and the update of the 1988 comprehensive plan. He was the principal planner on two neighborhood plans and oversaw the complete revision of the city zoning ordinance. The Beach Access Plan, which took into consideration the rights of all Texans for an open and public beach, was used as a blueprint in many communities along the Texas Coast. Dr. Rodriguez employs a unique style in all his work that fosters focusing on the purposes, meeting and exceeding potential, while utilizing practices that endear positive change. These same practices are able to withstand all negative perceptions due to his open approach to public service. Dr. Rodriguez continues his research into the institutional sectors and how they relate to urban forestry and sustainability. He has added the social equity and environmental justice lens to his work while serving in the Mickey Leland Center for Environment Justice and Sustainability.

Dr. Glenn S. Johnson

Professor
Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee – Knoxville
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Departments: Political Science, Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Community Impact Assessment, Community-University Partnership, Emergency Response and Community Preparedness, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy, Environmental Sociology, Historical Sociology, Land Use, Political Development, Political Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Regional Equity, Smart Growth, Social Movements, Transportation Equity, Urban Sprawl, Urban/Community Studies, Waste Management and Toxic Reduction

Curriculum Vitae

Glenn S. Johnson is a professor at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Prior to this position he was the Associate Dean of Gradaute Research within the School of Public Affairs, and prior to that research associate in the Environmental Justice Resource Center and associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Clark Atlanta University. He coordinated several major research activities including transportation racism, urban sprawl, smart growth, public involvement, facility siting, toxics, Emergency Response and Community Preparedness, and regional equity.

His research can be found in Humanity and Society, Georgia State University Law Review, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy, Human Rights Magazine ABA Section on Individual Rights, The Journal of Social Issues, Journal of Planning Association, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and Race, Gender, and Class. He is co-editor of the following books: Just Transportation: Dismantling Race and Class Barriers to Mobility (New Society Publishers 1997), Sprawl City: Race, Politics, and Planning in Atlanta (Island Press 2000), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and: New Routes to Equity (South End Press 2004), Environmental Justice Reader: Addressing the History, Issues, Policy and Change (Linus Publications 2011) and Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Livable Communities (American Public Health Association 2011). Johnson received his B.A. degree (1987), M.A. degree (1991), and Ph.D. degree (1996) in sociology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.