Evelyn Blumenberg’s research examines the effects of urban structure—the spatial location of residents, employment, and services—on economic outcomes for low-wage workers, and on the role of planning and policy in shaping the spatial structure of cities. Her recent projects include analyses of trends in transit ridership, residential location and travel behavior of young adults, the relationship between automobile ownership and employment outcomes among the poor, and predatory auto lending. Professor Blumenberg was honored in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for her research on the links between transportation access, employment, and poverty.
Professor Blumenberg holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
She currently is a professor of Urban Planning in UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs where she teaches courses on planning history and theory, research design, poverty and inequality, transportation and poverty, and urban policy. She also directs the Lewis Center for Regional Policy studies located in the Luskin School of Public Affairs.