I postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at The University of Illinois investigating Foreclosure as an Intervention in Residential Landscape Management in Maricopa County, AZ.
As a doctoral student in the UIUC Department of Geography I taught classes on GIS, globalization, the developing world, the digital earth, and web development, and I have a growing collection of academic publications and conference presentations
Other research foci include American intercity passenger rail, energy, and open-source software. My thesis project at Hunter College was TRAMM, a web-based framework for visualizing "transportation poverty."
I am an advocate for the Linux computer operating system and have used it exclusively on my home systems since 2000. I have been working with various flavors of UNIX since graduating from North Texas State with a Master's degree in Computer Science.
I am an avid street photographer and student of the built environment, and I have assembled extensive photographic collections of American cities (especially New York City), railroad infrastructure, bridges, and theatres. I have chronicled three centuries of my family's history on The Privett Family Website
Music / Theatre
I've been performing music of some kind for most of my life and have been a singer / songwriter since the late 1980s, specializing in pop vocal harmony. I have a music education degree from North Texas State (now UNT) and I've played a number of instruments at various times and at modest levels of proficiency. This website includes MP3 collections of some of my work.
From 1991-2006 I worked in theatre in New York City. Off-Broadway I appeared as a performer in the musicals Making Tracks and Shanghai Lil's. Regionally I appeared in productions of 42nd Street (Julian), The Pajama Game (Sid), The King & I (King). Television credits include All My Children, As The World Turns, The City, Law & Order and background work on an extensive number of other forgettable television shows and feature films. You may view my theatrical photo résumé HERE...
I wrote and produced Mossadegh, a rock opera based on the C.I.A.-orchestrated 1953 Iranian coup, for the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival and the show website had a surprising afterlife, receiving attention from the BBC, Radio Farda, and numerous Iranian blogs. I also wrote and produced the musical comedy The Irreplaceable Commodity for the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival
I toured four seasons with the award-winning children's theatre company Theatreworks/USA (Secret Garden, Swiss Family Robinson, Charlotte's Web, Romeo & Juliet) and worked as a stage manager with Artspower, The Kaleidoscope Theatre Company and the 78th Street Theatre Lab. At various times I have been a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, AGMA, AFTRA and SAG.
I maintain websites for The National Asian-American Theatre Company and The Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, as well as the ballet history site Andros on Ballet as a legacy for the late instructor Dick Andros. I maintain comprehensive online discographies for Louis Armstrong and Sarah Vaughan.
Cities are where...ideas have sex. (Matt K. Lewis / Matt Ridley)