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Molly Ranahan

PhD Candidate
Department of Urban and Regional Planning


Molly Ranahan





  • MUP (Urban and Regional Planning), University at Buffalo
  • B.A.E.D. (Environmental Design), University at Buffalo 

Research Areas

  • Housing and Community Development
  • LGBTQ Community
  • Aging

Dissertation Topic

Planning for the Health, Social Inclusion, and Community Support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults

Dissertation Committee members

Dr. Silverman's research focuses on the non-profit sector, the role of community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods, education reform, shrinking cities, and inequality in inner city housing markets. 
Korydon Smith is associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in architectural design, theory, and methods.

Edward H. Steinfeld is a pioneer and leading scholar in the field of universal design, or "design for all." His Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access has generated widely adopted research tools, products and design standards.