Alex Judelsohn’s research, teaching, and service center on addressing structural drivers of inequities. She pursues community-based research at the intersection of urban planning, public health, and environmental studies, centering the voices of community members. Her interests are around how cities facing austerity urbanism market themselves to potential residents, and her current research examines the role of refugee-led community organizations in U.S. refugee resettlement and the gaps these organizations fill in delivering services.
Judelsohn has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Planning Association, Community Development, and Frontiers. She is a co-editor on a book, Planning for Equitable Urban Agriculture in the USA: Future Directions for a new Ethic in City Building, which will be published in 2024.
Alex joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2023 after earning her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. At Michigan she worked on program evaluation for the Community for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University and research around a migrant model of care. Before pursuing her PhD, Alex worked in the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at UB conducting research with partners from the former refugee community about how former refugees navigate and change new food environments. Additionally, she engaged in international work in Kashmir and India and graduated from the UB Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning program in 2016.