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Em Hall

PhD Student, Urban Planning and Policy

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About

Em is a fourth-year PhD student whose research broadly explores how public sector accountability and public participation have evolved in the delivery of public transit services under the rise of neoliberalism and the shift toward privatization.  She is particularly interested in exploring how different partner types behave within public private partnerships (P3s) and the effects those partners have on public participation and transparency in the planning process.

Before beginning her PhD, Em spent nearly 15 years working in the nonprofit sector in Washington, DC and Chicago.  When not working on her dissertation proposal, you can find Em watching Law & Order or teaching her old cats new tricks.

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Brand, A. L., Lowe, K., & Hall, E. (2020). Colorblind transit planning: Modern streetcars in Washington, DC, and New Orleans. Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City. https://doi.org/10.1080/26884674.2020.1818536

Lowe, K., & Hall, E. (2018). New Starts, Growing Inequities: Federal and Local Public Transit Funding. Public Works Management & Policy. https://doi.org/10.1177/1087724X18808533

Reports

Sriraj, P.S., Hall, E., McCarthy, M., and Dirks, L. (2020). Statewide Mobility Management: Factors Affecting the Creation and Success of Networks. Chicago, IL: National Center for Mobility Management.

Sriraj, P.S., Hall, E., McCarthy, M., and Dirks, L. (2019). Mobility Management: State of the States Report. Chicago, IL: Urban Transportation Center at UIC.

Service to Community

  • Marketing Chair, Women in Planning Development July 2020 - Present
  • Communications Chair, UIC Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) April 2019 – March 2020
  • Volunteer & Event Photographer, WTS International March 2016 - Present
  • President, UIC College of Urban Planning Ph.D. Students (CUPPS) May 2018 – April 2019
  • Organizing Chair, UIC Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) April 2018 – March 2019
  • Vice President, UIC College of Urban Planning Ph.D. Students (CUPPS) Sep 2017 – May 2018

Notable Honors

2019, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, U.S. Department of Transportation

2018, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, U.S. Department of Transportation

Education

BA with Honors, Political Science - The University of Chicago
MA, Philanthropic Studies - Indiana University
MA, US History - Indiana University

Licensures and Certifications

Certificate in Integrated Marketing - The University of Chicago Graham School
Public Transit Planning and Management Certificate - University of Illinois at Chicago
Certificate in the Foundations of College Instruction - University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Memberships

WTS International

Women in Planning + Development