Postdoctoral Fellows2018-12-10T13:53:49-07:00

ITS Postdoctoral Fellows


Jaimee Lederman (2018-present)

Jaimee Lederman earned her PhD from UCLA, and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies and an instructor in the Department of Urban Planning. Her research explores the interplay between transportation planning and finance, regional governance and land use planning, and environmental law and policy. She was awarded the Eno Transportation Leadership Fellowship, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, and was named a UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Powell Policy Fellow. She previously received a JD and a Masters in Economics from NYU, and practiced as a lawyer focused on administrative law and regulatory issues. 

Transportation and Habitat Conservation Plans: Improving Planning
and Project Delivery While Preserving Endangered Species
• Investing in Transportation and Preserving Fragile Environments
Funding and Financial Mechanisms to Support Advance Mitigation
Toward Accurate and Valid Estimates of Greenhouse Gas Reductions from Bikeway Projects
The Equity Challenges and Outcomes of California County Transportation Sales Taxes

Osman, TanerTaner Osman (2014-present)

Taner Osman is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Lewis Center and an instructor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include regional development, economic development policy, urban spatial structures, and the impact of congestion on the economic performance of metropolitan regions.

• Accessibility and economic development: How the transportation network affects the economic performance of regions




Jonathan MasonJonathan Mason (2014-2016)

Jonathan Mason earned his BA from Rice University, MS in Geography from the University of Wisconsin, and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. His expertise covers the intersection of transportation planning, land use planning, and urban design, and he brings extensive consulting and research experience in these fields. While seeking to better understand major infrastructural megaprojects, he also involves himself in active transportation planning, streetscape design, and traffic calming techniques. Having worked with both the Wisconsin’s James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate and UC-Berkeley’s Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, he is highly skilled in real estate analysis and land economics. He has taught several planning courses at UC-Berkeley, and he currently teaches such courses as the History and Theory of Planning, Urban Policy and Planning, and Transportation and Land Use Planning at UCLA. He was awarded the Eno Transportation Leadership Fellowship, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

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Mark Garrett (2013-2014)

Mark Garrett worked as a Research Faculty and Communications Associate at the UCLA Lewis Center. Additionally, Dr. Garrett was the general editor of the Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Public Policy (Sage forthcoming 2014).

• California Transportation Needs Assessment: The Transportation Barriers and Needs of Welfare Recipients and Low-Wage Workers
• Reconsidering Social Equity in Public Transit
• When Planning Fails: Protecting the Neighborhood in Vested Development Rights Disputes
• How Much Does a Transit Trip Cost?
• Measuring Cost Variability in Provision of Transit Service
 Measuring the Effects of Peaking, Vehicle Capital, and Passenger Capacity on the Cost of Providing Transit Service


SMART.MIKEMichael Smart (2012-2013)

Dr. Michael Smart is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. His research interests has included transportation, immigrant, neighborhoods, LGBT neighborhoods, urban modeling, and GIS.

• Driving to Opportunity: Understanding the Links among Transportation Access, Residential Outcomes, and Economic Opportunity for Housing Vouc her Recipients
• Travel In the ’Hood: Ethnic Neighborhoods and Mode Choice
• Getting by with a little help from my friends…and family: immigrants and carpooling
Thinking Outside The Bus
• What’s Youth Got to Do with It? Exploring the Travel Behavior of Teens and Young Adults


MORRIS.EEric Morris (2011-2012)

Eric Morris currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina where he teaches at Clemson University as an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning. Professor Morris is in the process of co-authoring a book alongside Professor Brian D. Taylor of UCLA and Professor Jeffrey R. Brown of Florida State University with regards to the history of financing of the freeway system.

How Privatization Became a Train Wreck
From Horse Power to Horsepower
• Politics, Public Opinion, and Project Design in California Road Pricing
Paved with Good Intentions: Fiscal Politics, Freeways and the 20th Century American City
• The Access Almanac: Life in the Fast Line


MANVILLEMichael Manville (2009-2011)

A new assistant professor of urban planning, Michael Manville is returning to UCLA Luskin after receiving his MA and Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA Luskin. Previously, Michael Manville was an Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University, which holds one of the most outstanding programs in North America.

• Parking Without Paying
• People, Parking and Cities
• The Price of Unwanted Parking
• Parking requirements as a barrier to housing development: regulation and reform in Los Angeles
• Falling Behind: California’s Interior Metropolitan Areas
• For Whom The Road Tolls: The Politics of Congestion Pricing
• The Political Calculus of Congestion Pricing