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Who We Are: Center Chair and Affiliates

The Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility


Chair and Affiliates


The Center is directed by Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold, Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, Professor of Law, and Affiliated Professor of Urban Planning.  Center affiliates include Professor Steven Bourassa (Urban and Public Affairs), Professor Margaret Carreiro (Biology), Professor Lauren Heberle (Sociology), Professor Avery Kolers (Philosophy), Carol Norton (Urban Planning), Professor Irma Ramos (Public Health), Don Rodgers (Law), Professor Laura Rothstein (Law), Amy Stein (Law), Yani Vozos (Urban Planning and Public Administration), and Dustin Wallen (Urban Planning and Law).  Below are the biographies and web page links for the Center’s faculty and staff:




Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold  Tony ArnoldTony Arnold Lee Metcalf NWR & Bitterroot River

Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use and Professor of Law; Affiliated Professor of Urban Planning; Chair of the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility


See the Center profile on Arnold (Thinking -- and Stepping -- Outside the Box):

For his Law School faculty biography and web page, see:


Professor Tony Arnold is a nationally recognized scholar in the environmental regulation of land use, water, and property. Scholars and professionals have selected his article on property as a web of interests in the Harvard Environmental Law Review as one of the 10 best environmental and land use articles published in 2002, and his article "Working Out an Environmental Ethic: Anniversary Lessons from Mono Lake" as one of the 20 best environmental and land use articles published in 2004. Professor Arnold has also published extensively on the relationship between environmental justice and land use planning and regulation, among other topics. His publications include Wet Growth: Should Water Law Control Land Use? (Environmental Law Institute 2005), Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning (American Planning Association 2007), and "The Structure of the Land Use Regulatory System in the United States," published in the Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law. Much of his research and teaching focuses on collaborative problem-solving and deliberative and participatory processes, informed by interdisciplinary insights and case studies.


Professor Arnold received his Doctor of Jurisprudence with Distinction from Stanford Law School, where he was founding Executive Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review and Graduate Student Fellow in the Center for Conflict and Negotiation. He received his Bachelor of Arts with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned two national honors, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the TIME Magazine College Achievement Award.


Professor Arnold came to the University of Louisville in 2005 with substantial prior experience in both law practice and legal education. He clerked for a federal appellate judge (the Honorable James K. Logan, 10th Circuit) and practiced law for several years with the largest and oldest law firm in San Antonio, Texas. Professor Arnold taught at Stanford Law School, the University of Puerto Rico Law School, the University of Wyoming College of Law (as the E. George Rudolph Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law), and Chapman University School of Law in Orange, CA (as the Bollinger Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Environmental Law, and Director of the Center for Land Resources), where he was voted Professor of the Year by the student body.


In San Antonio, Texas, he was a city attorney for two municipalities, a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, and vice president and pro bono general counsel of a micro-enterprise loan fund. He served as Chairman of the Planning Commission of Anaheim, California.  In Louisville, he has continued his record of public service and civic engagement, serving on the boards of directors of River Fields, the West Jefferson County Community Task Force, and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville, as well as co-chairing the Land Use, Transportation, and Urban Forestry Committee of the Louisville Metro Climate Change Task Force.


 Professor Arnold is a faculty associate of the University of Louisville's Center for Environmental Policy and Management and an affiliate of the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design at the University of Colorado's College of Architecture and Planning.  In 2008-2009, he will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cincinnati's School of Planning.




Steven C. Bourassa  

KHC Real Estate Research Professor and Director, School of Urban and Public Affairs and Ph.D. Program in Urban and Public Affairs, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management, Director of the City Solutions Center, and Director of the Center for Real Estate Development


Dr. Bourassa's research interests focus on urban housing and land policy, with an emphasis on issues related to housing and land tenure.  Recent publications have explored the impacts of tax policies on home ownership and the use of community land trusts to provide affordable housing.  He is the co-editor of Leasing Public Land: Policy Debates and International Experiences, published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in 2003 (with Yu-Hung Hong).  He regularly teaches the Capstone Studio in the Master of Urban Planning Program.  He serves on the Barods of Directors of Louisville's Metropolitan Housing Coalition and the Center for Neighborhoods.


Dr. Bourassa received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988.  He has a Master of Arts in Geography from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography with High Honors and Distinction from the University of Delaware.



Margaret M. Carreiro

Associate Professor of Biology


Dr. Carreiro received her Ph.D. in Botany/Mycology in 1989 from the University of Rhode Island, and both her B.A. and M.A. in Biology from Boston University, Boston, MA..  She is an expert in nutrient cycling and ecosystem ecology of terrestrial habitats, particularly those in urban and suburban landscapes


Her research interests include: 1) understanding how cities and urban sprawl affect natural ecosystems, especially forests; using forests in cities as predictors of the effects of global environmental change on regional forest health and resilience; and 3) understanding how warmer temperatures, air pollutants like nitrogen and sulfur compounds and exotic species affect plants, microbes and soil chemistry which in turn affect ecosystem processes of nutrient cycling, primary production and plant community change.  She currently is supervising students in her laboratory determining the plant community composition of oak forests along an urban-to-rural land use gradient from Iroquois Park to Bernheim Research Forest to discover whether land use affects the plant species that are there.




Dr. Lauren C. Heberle

Assistant Professor of Sociology; Associate Director, Center for Environmental Policy and Management; Director, EPA Region 4 Environmental Finance Center at the University of Louisville


Lauren Heberle is Assistant Professor of Sociology, the Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Management, and Director of the EFC Region 4. Her current work focuses on brownfields, smart growth, sustainable development, and environmental justice. Understanding community participation in each of these areas is a primary concern.

While at the CEPM, Lauren has collaborated on various projects regarding brownfield redevelopment, including the impact of environmental insurance in the public and private sectors and policy incentives for redevelopment, a project that examines developers’ responses to market-based incentives geared toward brownfields redevelopment, and an inquiry into the different ways anti-smart growth rhetoric has been framed in different states. She has expertise in qualitative interviewing and in various types of survey construction and administration. Lauren has also an interest in the uses and abuses of the concept of social capital for housing policy and community development.

Currently, as PI, she is working with Metro Louisville and the Louisville Community Design Center to develop a community participatory model for workshops about brownfields redevelopment in socio-economically disadvantaged communities. This is an EPA funded grant. See for more information.
Lauren received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her dissertation examined the gender and social class composition of, and the social ties within, the Nazi Party membership in Munch, Germany from 1925 through 1929. Thus, organizational memberships, social movement participation, and collective action remain an active interest to her.

She has taught the following courses over the years both at Rutgers and at the University of Louisville: Public Policy; Masters of Urban Planning Capstone; Environmental Policy; Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation; Principles and Concepts of Sociology; Social Science Research Methods; Introduction to Sociology; Sociology of Gender; Social Inequalities; Social Problems; Sociological Theory


Avery Kolers
Associate Professor of Philosophy


Professor Kolers is Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Social Change program, and an affiliate with the Anne Braden Insitute.  He also teaches in the interdisciplinary MA program in bioethics and the medical humanities.


Within a broad interest in political philosophy, he is especially interested in overlaps between philosophy & the social sciences (particularly geography, sociology, political science, and law), and the role of the environment--especially the climate emergency--in political philosophy. He has a longstanding interest in theories of justice, particularly global justice. His book Land, Conflict, and Justice: A Political Theory of Territory is to be published by Cambridge University Press in February 2009.  He is also interested in a set of problems concerning the political theory of individual responsibility--issues of individual moral responsibility in complex institutions such as health care, politics, bureaucracy, finance, etc.  With Tim Bayne of Oxford University he has also worked on philosophical and moral issues in parenthood and reproductive technology.


Carol Norton, AICP  
Research Coordinator, Center for Environmental Policy and Management, School of Urban and Public Affairs


Carol Norton is a Research Coordinator with the EPA Region 4 Environmental Finance Center and the Center for Environmental Policy and Management at the University of Louisville . She holds a Master degree in Urban Planning (MUP) from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) from Indiana University Southeast.


Her previous work included a public sector internship on Town and Country planning in England and as a planning commissioner in Corydon , Indiana and Louisville , Kentucky , as well as serving on the Metro Louisville Landmarks Commission.


As Research Coordinator, she is currently involved in writing, editing and distributing practice guides throughout Region 4 – the Southeast – in an effort to increase education about environmental planning, brownfield redevelopment and community revitalization.


Irma N. Ramos, M.D.  

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


Dr. Irma N. Ramos was born and educated in Puerto Rico, a US territory in the Caribbean. She completed her training in Pediatrics at the University of Puerto Rico Health Sciences Center in 1982. After several years in clinical practice, Dr. Ramos moved to Texas where she joined the National Institute of Environmental Health Science Center for Environmental and Rural Health at Texas A&M University. As director of the Community Outreach and Education Program, she developed curricula for training of health care professionals (primarily nurses and physicians) and community health educators in human environmental health and carried out community based research in rural communities in Texas.

In October 2003, Dr. Ramos joined the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences as Assistant Professor. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Health Research Services Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has a strong expertise in community outreach and environmental and health education.

Dr. Ramos research interests focus on the fetal basis of environmentally-induced pediatric cancers, community-based research partnerships, and the health effects of radiation exposures. She is also interested in children and minority environmental health issues. Dr. Ramos has participated in research funded by the National Institute of Health, Health Research Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The NIOSH grant specifically investigates work-related cancer mortality. A newly developing collaboration will focus on the application of sophisticated biomonitoring equipment and principles of exercise physiology and ergonomics to prevent workplace injuries.


Don Rodgers

Research Assistant, School of Law


Laura Rothstein

Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar


Laura Rothstein, joined the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville as Professor of Law and Dean in 2000 (serving as dean until 2005). In 2006, she was appointed by the University of Louisville as a Distinguished University Scholar.


Entering the field of disability discrimination law in 1979, she is one of the founding scholars in the area, and has written eleven books and numerous book chapters, articles, and other works on disability discrimination. Her work covers all aspects of disability discrimination, but focuses on issues in higher education, legal education, and special education. School choice and students with disabilities, genetic testing and students with disabilities, mental illness in the workplace, students with learning disabilities in higher education are among the topics on which she has written and lectured. She has served legal education and higher education in this area through her service as chair of the AALS Special Committee on Disability Issues, chair of the AALS/ABA/LSAC/NCBE National Conference on Disability Issues, founding co-chair of the AALS Section on Disability Law, and LSAC and ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar committee appointments.  Her teaching interests also include property law and housing discrimination.


Professor Rothstein has engaged in extensive service to the arena of law school admissions, serving twice as a member of the Law School Admission Council Board of Trustees, and in many committee capacities within LSAC. Included in this service was her work as an outreach lecturer for LSAC on the appropriate use of the LSAT.


She has also engaged in efforts to promote gender and racial diversity within legal education and the legal profession. She has served as chair of the AALS Women and the Law Section, and is currently in her fourth year of service as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education Diversity Committee. She is also a member of the Louisville Bar Association Diversity Committee. In recent years, through her role as faculty liaison for the Central High School Partnership, she has been engaged in building an enhanced program, which will serve as a pipeline to law school. As a member of the LSAC/ABA Pipeline Outreach Planning group, she has worked to enhance programs nationally that will increase the pipeline of underrepresented populations to the legal profession.


Immediately before coming to the University of Louisville, she was a Law Foundation Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Legal Studies at the University of Houston, where she also served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kansas and her doctor of jurisprudence from Georgetown University.


Amy Stein

Research Assistant, School of Law


Yani Vozos  

Graduate Student Advisor, School of Urban and Public Affairs


Yani Vozos is the new Graduate Student Advisor for SUPA. In his new position, Yani will meet with students to discuss their degree plans, courses, and career opportunities. He will also be compiling the SUPA Star Newsletter and will advise prospective students.


Yani holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies and International Politics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Urban Planning degree with a specialization in Housing and Community Development from the University of Louisville. Yani has spent the last ten years working in Planning and Community Development at all levels. He has worked at the global level with an international environmental NGO in London,UK, at the city level with the Department of Design and Construction in New York, NY, at the local level with a neighborhood CDC in Pittsburgh, PA, at the grass roots level as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Honduras, at the metro level as a program specialist in housing at Louisville Metro, and most recently in research and planning at the Center for Hazards Research here at UofL.


Music is Yani’s passion in life while he also enjoys gardening and the outdoors. Yani is happily married to his wife Brandi and they have recently welcomed into the world their first daughter Sonora.


Dustin Wallen

Graduate Research Assistant, School of Urban and Public Affairs; Research Assistant, School of Law


Muddy Boots Field Work Tony Arnold Dustin Wallen Connie Barr Archer


 Professor Tony Arnold and law and planning students Connie Barr Archer and Dustin Wallen "get their boots muddy" doing field work on land use issues.

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