Editorial Board


MARGARET KEENER | Editor-in-Chief, Carolina Planning Journal

Margaret Keener is a second year Master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning, focusing on land use and environmental planning. Prior to UNC, Margaret worked as a graphic designer for a global city network. Outside of class, Margaret enjoys listening to podcasts while running, playing outdoor team sports, and exploring new places on foot.


NORA SCHWALLER | Managing Editor, Angles

Nora Schwaller is a licensed architect and a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Department of City and Regional Planning. At UNC, she concentrates on housing and community development with a focus on resilience and disaster recovery. In this area, she is most interested in the effect of disasters on communities, population displacement, and tipping points for settlement abandonment. Prior to returning to grad school, she worked for an architecture firm in San Francisco, focusing on municipal projects such as fire stations.

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AMANDA MARTIN, AICP  |  Senior Advisor

Amanda Martin, AICP, is a city planner and PhD student at UNC Chapel Hill.  Originally from Boston, she has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., northern Nevada, New Orleans, and Providence, Rhode Island.  Most recently, she was a Principal Planner with the State of Rhode Island’s Statewide Planning Program, where she managed social equity initiatives, climate change projects, and demographic analysis.  Amanda’s doctoral research explores how regions or neighborhoods that receive major private or public investment can share that prosperity with low-income communities and communities of color.  She is working on answering this question in the context of coastal communities’ recovery from major storms.  Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


OLIVIA CORRIERE | Online Content Editor

Olivia Corriere is an undergraduate studying environmental sustainability, geography, and information systems. In Summer 2017, she interned with the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative in Michigan and studied abroad in Germany and the Netherlands to learn about renewable energy, efficient transportation, Smart cities, urban agriculture, and city planning. In her free time, Olivia enjoys running through Carrboro, compiling music playlists, and cooking with friends and family.

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ADAM HASAN | Online Content Editor

Adam is a Junior undergraduate student studying Geography and City & Regional Planning. His research interests include understanding the actors involved in defining and redefining Global South urbanisms through social movements, governance systems, and media, as well as the history of spatial planning in post-colonial regions. Adam has previously worked with participatory informal settlement upgrading in South Africa, coastal resilience planning in Brooklyn, and was once ranked internationally as one of Simcity 4’s best city builders. In his free time he enjoys birdwatching, coffee roasting, and plays vice-skip on a local curling team.


ANNA PATTERSON | Online Content Editor

Anna is a second-year dual degree master’s student in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Department of Health Behavior. Her scholarly interests include health and the built environment, vulnerable populations, and community development. Prior to coming to UNC, Anna worked as a program officer for a health foundation in Alamance County, NC.  She likes American folk music, slalom water skiing, and hikes along the Haw River.

KATHIA TOLEDO | Online Content Editor


Kathia Toledo is a candidate for the master’s in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, she is pursuing the Land Use and Environmental Planning Specialization. Kathia is particularly interested in the dynamic between varying urban landscapes, sustainability, and planning. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelors of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies and a minor in Urban Planning. Her hobbies include creative endeavors like urban sketching and photography, biking on the American Tobacco Trail, and exploring new cities and towns.

LEAH CAMPBELL | Online Content Editor


Leah Campbell is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of City and Regional Planning, where she focuses on equitable climate adaptation and disaster mitigation. Prior to UNC, she worked in the environmental nonprofit sector in California after receiving her B.S. in Geophysics and Environmental Science from Yale in 2015. Outside of academics, Leah enjoys folk music, long road trips, and anything that gets her outside.

EMILY PAUL | Online Content Editor


Emily is a first-year master’s student seeking dual degrees from the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Gillings School of Public Health. Her research interests involve how the built environment can address social justice issues and the impact of climate change and the environment on health.  Prior to UNC, Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in urban & environmental planning and Spanish at the University of Virginia. In her free time, Emily enjoys gardening, painting with watercolors, and reading in local coffee shops and teahouses.


EZRA RAWITSCH | Online Content Editor

Ezra is a senior undergraduate in Geography at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is interested in post-Socialist urban political economy & the architecture and urban design of Central and Eastern Europe.


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NATALIE SWANSON | Online Content Editor

Natalie is a first-year master’s candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning, concentrating in housing and community development. She received her undergraduate B.A. in English from Rice University in Houston. In her free time, Natalie enjoys swing dancing and making highly specific playlists on Spotify.

2 thoughts on “Editorial Board

  1. Hello! I am a transportation planner and a DCRP alum from 2005. I used to be one of the Carolina Planning Journal coeditors! I had an idea for you. Have you considered making your blog a group on LinkedIn? Increasingly the planners I know our subscribing to groups on LinkedIn, and reading articles there, and then sharing them with their LinkedIn contacts. I think that if the blog were set up this way, you would find many people adding your group to their profile, thereby expanding the reach of your blog. If you look at the LinkedIn groups on planning topics, you will see that they are numerous, encompassing sustainability, transit, affordable housing, etc. I would like to see Planetizen set up a group on LinkedIn, but they have not done so yet. Me know your thoughts!


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