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Jeff Brown

Professor and Department Chair; Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

Office: BEL 331A
Phone Number: 850.644.8519
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CV: Jeff Brown CV

Personal Statement:

I am interested in planning transportation systems that people can use to safely, economically, and effectively meet their mobility needs. My interest in transportation dates back to my childhood in Southern California where an early fascination with the extensive local freeway system grew into a curiosity about cars, trains, buses, and planes and how their use shaped cities and affected the lives of city residents. My research explores: the role of public transportation in contemporary cities; transportation finance; the interplay between the finance, planning, and use of transportation systems; the relationship between transportation and the built environment; and the history of planning. My most recent work includes an examination of streetcar systems in US cities and an assessment of strategies for transit to serve aging populations, particularly those residing in rural areas and small communities.


Ph.D. (Urban Planning) UCLA, 2003.

M.A. (Urban Planning) UCLA, 1998.

B.A. (Geography) UCLA, 1996.

Doctoral Graduates:

I have been privileged to serve as a major professor to eight outstanding doctoral graduates:

Dr. Luis Enrique Ramos. Assistant Professor, Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development, Clemson University.

Dissertation: Multi-scalar Assessment of Built Environment and Bus Network Influence on Rapid Transit Patronage: The Case of Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Network. 2018.i>

Dr. Joel Mendez. Assistant Professor, Urban Planning Program, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas.

Dissertation: The Effect of Light Rail Investment on Opportunities for Low-Income Inner-City Residents: A Multiple Case Study. 2018.

Dr. Megan Bond.

Dissertation: The Ties that Bind: An Examination of the Role of Neighborhood Social Relationships for Older Adults in New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018.

Dr. James Wood. Projects and Grants Manager at the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dissertation: Meeting the Need: A Cross-Sectoral Assessment of Transportation Alternatives for Suburban Older Adults. 2018.

Dr. Tuna Batuhan. Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Ataturk University.

Dissertation: Olympic Strategy of Downtown Atlanta Business Elites: A Case Study of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. 2015.

Dr. Michal Jaroszynski. Assistant Professor, Transportation and Logistics, North Dakota State University.

Dissertation: Roles of Service Planning and Organizational Decisions in Influencing the Economic Sustainability of Multimodal Bus and Light Rail Transit Systems. 2014.

Dr. Torsha Bhattacharya. Director of Research, Rails to Trails Conservancy.

Dissertation: Impact Of Transit System Design On Job Accessibility Of Choice And Transit Dependent Riders: A Study Of Atlanta Metropolitan Region's Transit Systems. 2013.

Dr. Dristi Neog. Assistant Professor, Geography and Planning, Westfield State University.

Dissertation: Evaluating the Effect of the Work Place Built Environment on Travel Behavior of Employees in Florida. 2009.

Areas of Interest:

Transportation, Land Use and Accessibility; Planning for an Aging Population

Selected Publications:

Mendez, J., & Brown, J. (2019). The Relationship between Streetcars and Development Activity: An Examination of Portland and Seattle. Transportation Research Record, 2673 (2), 172-182. doi:10.1177/0361198119825647

Wood, J., & Brown, J. (2019). A Marvelous Machine: Creative Approaches to Securing Funding and Building Public Support for Streetcar Projects in Four U.S. Cities. Transportation Research Record, 2673 (1), 369-378. doi:10.1177/0361198118821317

Brown, J., & Mendez, J. (2018). Examining the Development Effects of Modern-Era Streetcars: An Assessment of Portland and Seattle. San Jose, CA: Mineta Transportation Institute. Report 18-09.

Brown, J. R., Duncan, M., Horner, M. W., Bond, M., & Wood, J. (2018). Provider Perspectives on Six Strategies to Overcome the Barriers to Older Adult Use of Alternative Transportation Services: Evidence from Seven Communities. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 6 (2), 237-245.

Bond, M., Brown, J. R., & Wood, J. (2017). Adapting to Challenge: An Examination of Older Adult Transportation in Rural and Small Communities. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 5 (4), 707-715. doi:

Jaroszynski, M., Brown, J. R., & Bhattacharya, T. (2017). An Examination of the Relationship between Urban Decentralization and Transit Decentralization in a Small-sized U.S. Metropolitan Area. Urban Studies, 54 (6), 1500-1518. doi:0.1177/0042098015626687

Mendez, J., & Brown, J. R. (2017). Planning Approaches in Contracted U.S. Fixed-Route Bus Transit Service: The Role of the Private Sector Within the Planning Process and Its Influence on Performance Outcomes. Transportation Research Record, No 2651, 2651, 52-59. doi:10.3141/2651-06

You can find a lengthier list of my work by clicking on my CV above. You can find a discussion of the department's transportation research at the transportation, land use and accessibility research webpage.