Professor, City Planning
Dr. Sherry Ryan is a Professor in City Planning and the Director of the School of
Public Affairs. She joined the City Planning faculty in the Fall 2002. She earned
her undergraduate degree in Romance Languages and Latin American Studies at Princeton
University, and an M.S. in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Transportation Sciences
at the University of California, Irvine.
She teaches two undergraduate courses – Introduction to Urban Planning, and Public Administration Systems Analysis; as well as two graduate courses – Principles and Techniques of Land Use Planning, and a Seminar in Urban Transportation Planning. Dr. Ryan has also developed two new graduate courses – GIS for City Planners, and Data Sources and Policy Analysis.
Her research interests are focused on understanding transportation–land use interactions, and the influence of land use patterns on travel behavior, physical activity, and health. She has published research in several scholarly journals, including Urban Studies, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Transportation Research, and the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. She is currently a co-investigator on three research projects funded by the California Department of Transportation and the National Institute of Health.