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Amy Lerner

Associate Teaching Professor, Urban Studies and Planning

Dr. Lerner received her Ph.D. in Geography in 2011 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Subsequently she was a postdoctoral research associate at Rutgers University, NJ, in the departments of Geography and Human Ecology (2011-2013) and at the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs (2013-2015).  She has extensive teaching experience, ranging from Latin American Geography and World Geography to the Urban Ecology of New York City. Dr. Lerner was an assistant professor in the National Laboratory for Sustainability Science in the Ecology Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, Mexico City from 2015 to 2020 where she taught courses on Sustainability Science, Transdisciplinary Research Methods, and Global Environmental Change. In Mexico City she led several research projects related to city-university partnerships, the persistence of peri-urban agriculture, and capacity-building in the local city government for risk management and resilience. Dr. Lerner’s research focuses on processes of landscape change and especially on the rural-urban frontier, sustainable aspects of city planning, including resilience, green infrastructure, and urban and peri-urban agriculture, and the science-policy interface. Her coursework includes Urban World System (USP 2), Sustainable Development (USP 171), and The Design of Social Research (USP 125).
  • Ph.D., Geography, University of California Santa Barbara, 2011
  • M.A., Environmental Studies, Brown University, 2006
  • B.A., Human Biology, Stanford University, 2000