June 2015  •  Research

New Gentrifiers? 

The Sociospatial Effects of Charter Schools in LA

I developed this project, in collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers, as my thesis for the Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA. I analyze the role of charter schools in neighborhood change in Los Angeles, California. Work included creating longitudinal and spatialized datasets and analyzing demographic trends via advanced geospatial methods and descriptive and multivariate statistics.

View the complete report below

Journal article

I worked with Professor Michael Lens to further develop and refine the research. It was published in the peer-reviewed journal Education and Urban Society with the title Incoming! Spatial Enrollment Competition between Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools. 


I also summarized the research in a blog for the Center for Cities and Schools at UC Berkeley.

Complete report

View the report below or download the PDF  •  Also viewable in the UCLA Luskin capstone database



UCLA capstone - poster.pdf