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PhD, Urban Planning and Public Policy. Research and teaching interests include urban cultural policy, urban revitalization, community development, civic engagement, social and planning theory, research methods. Additional professional experience in the performing arts, arts administration, nonprofit management and communications.

Professional Preparation

    • 2016 PhD in Urban Planning and Public PolicyUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 2004 Master of Arts in HumanitiesUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 1998 BFA in ActingNew York University Tisch School of the Arts


      Journal Article 2014
      • Grodach, Carl, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Nicole Foster, and James Murdoch III. 2014. “The Location Patterns of Artistic Clusters: A Metro- and Neighborhood-Level Analysis.” Urban Studies 51 (13): pp. 2822–2843.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Grodach, Carl, Nicole Foster, and James Murdoch III. 2014. “Gentrification and the Artistic Dividend: The Role of the Arts in Neighborhood Change.” Journal of the American Planning Association 80 (1): 21–35.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Journal Article 2013
      • Hamann, Darla J., and Nicole T. Foster. 2013. “An Exploration of Job Demands, Job Control, Stress, and Attitudes in Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit Employees.” Review of Public Personnel Administration.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

Support & Funding

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    • Sept 2013 to May 2014 Neighborhood Attributes of New York State Arts Organizations sponsored by  - $20000


      • URPA 3301-001 The Metroplex:Survey of Urban Affairs, Planning and Public Administration

        Housing the majority of the world’s population, cities are diverse and dynamic sites of cultural, social, political, economic and environmental relationships. As a result, cities are characterized by contradictions and complexity requiring a range of theoretical perspectives, analytical frameworks and creative solutions. In this course, students will be introduced to the history of Dallas’ urbanization as well as develop an understanding of current issues facing DFW through a detailed analysis of the Dallas Design District and nearby neighborhoods. Using a range of methodological approaches, we will analyze this area of Dallas in terms of its built and natural environment, demographics, economic development, equity issues and urban development policies, past and present. As our everyday experiences and possibilities for the future are rooted in urban life, students will actively apply readings to their own urban experiences as well as increase their understanding of at least one aspect of urban development.

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Other Teaching Activities

  • 2014
    • Courses Taught
      • Jan 2014 Urban Landscapes of Power, Tarrant County College
    • Courses Taught
      • Sept 2014 Introduction to Urban Life (face to face), Tarrant County College
    • Courses Taught
      • Sept 2014 Introduction to Humanities (online), Tarrant County College