Faculty Projects

  • Opportunity in Chaos: Rebuilding After the 1994 Northridge and 1995 Kobe Earthquakes
    Robert B. Olshansky, Laurie A. Johnson, and Kenneth C. Topping with Yoshiteru Murosaki, Kazuyoshi Ohnishi, Hisako Koura, and Ikuo Kobayashi   (Download the report)

  • Testing Policies for Development Scenarios for Mid-Atlantic States.
    Prof. Arnab Chakraborty and Prof. Brian Deal
    This collaborative research project with the University of Maryland, ECONorthwest and Parsons Brienkerhoff is funded by the US Department of Transportation FHWY Exploratory Advanced Research Program 4B, Mega-regional Travel ( Our work attempts to capture megaregional challenges and opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic region and develops a range of models around them to capture effective policies at multiple scales. This work build on the six year long Maryland Scenario Project (

  • Racial Microaggressions at the University of Illinois
    Prof. Stacy Harwood, Prof. Ruby Mendenhall, and Prof. Margaret Huntt Browne
    Recent research suggests that subtle and even unconscious acts of racial harassment or microaggressions undermine campus efforts to promote an inclusive and diverse learning environment. Microaggressions include subtle insults (verbal, nonverbal, and/or visual) directed toward people based on their race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, gender, nationality, or citizenship status. Our goal is to contribute to scholarly research and literature on this topic, to educate the campus community about the negative impact of microaggressions, and to network and share our findings with researchers at campuses across the United States. (website - - (Recent report)