Meagan Ehlenz

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

Meagan Ehlenz is an assistant professor at Arizona State University's School of Geography and Urban Planning. Her major fields of study include urban revitalization and community development, with specializations in the role of anchor institutions in urban places and mechanisms for building community wealth.

Prior to joining ASU's faculty, Ehlenz was a research associate at the Penn Institute for Urban Research. In this capacity, she developed a set of case studies for Penn IUR's Anchor Institution Roundtable (PRAI), "The Power of Eds & Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovation." She was also a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy C. Lowell Harriss dissertation fellow. Previously, Ehlenz worked as a planning consultant in Southeastern Wisconsin and as a senior planner for the City of Milwaukee's Department of City Development. 

Ehlenz is a a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  

Education

  • Ph.D. City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.U.P. Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • B.A. Environmental Design, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Research Interests

Community development, anchor institutions, urban revitalization, community wealth building, shared equity models

Publications

Ehlenz, Meagan M. 2018. “The university and its neighborhood: A study of place-making and change.” Journal of Urban Affairs. doi: 10.1080/07352166.2018.1530568

Ehlenz, Meagan M. and Constance Taylor. 2018. “Shared equity homeownership in the United States: A literature review.” Journal of Planning Literature. doi: 10.1177/0885412218795142

Ehlenz, Meagan M. 2018. “Making home more affordable: Community land trusts adopting cooperative ownership models to expand affordable housing.” Journal of Community Practice. doi: 10.1080/10705422.2018.1477082

Ehlenz, Meagan M. 2018. “Defining university anchor institution strategies: Comparing theory to practice.” Planning Theory & Practice. 19(1): 74-92. doi: 10.1080/14649357.2017.1406980

Ehlenz, Meagan M. 2017. “Gown, town, and neighborhood change: An examination of urban neighborhoods with university revitalization efforts.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. doi: 10.1177/0739456X17739111

Ehlenz, Meagan M. 2016. “Neighborhood revitalization and the anchor institution: Assessing the impact of the University of Pennsylvania’s West Philadelphia Initiatives on University City.” Urban Affairs Review. 52(5): 714-750. doi: 10.1177/1078087415601220

Ehlenz, Meagan M. 2014. “Managing the Land Access Paradox in the Urbanising World.” Critical Housing Analysis.1(1).

Courses

Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
PUP 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
PUP 452 Ethics and Theory in Planning
PUP 520 Plan Practice, Ethics & Proces
PUP 593 Applied Project
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PUP 593 Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PUP 520 Plan Practice, Ethics & Proces
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PUP 452 Ethics and Theory in Planning
PUP 593 Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
PUP 452 Ethics and Theory in Planning
PUP 501 Planning History and Theory
PUP 520 Plan Practice, Ethics & Proces
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
PUP 599 Thesis
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PUP 452 Ethics and Theory in Planning
PUP 548 Plang for Sustainb Communities