Stephen is a PhD student in Community & Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, his research explores the effects of urban and regional neoliberalization on public transportation provision, specifically, how public transportation deployed as an urban revitalization strategy effects its use by the transit dependent. His research seeks to contribute to critical theoretical discussions around the "politics of infrastructure" and its impacts on urban governance strategies. Stephen previously worked as Comprehensive Planner for the City of Columbia, South Carolina. He holds a M.S. in Community & Regional Planning from UT-Austin and a B.A. in Political Science from Kent State University.