Debbie Becher *09

City of Philadelphia's Use of Eminent Domain

Debbie completed a dissertation on the City of Philadelphia's use of eminent domain to develop theory on how the daily practice of property resolves tensions between individual and group interests. Debbie's dissertation has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Center for Human Values (Princeton), Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars (Princeton), Hauser Foundation for Nonprofit Organizations (Harvard), the American Studies Program (Princeton), the Arthur Liman Fellowship (Princeton/ Yale Law School), and the Policy Research Institute for the Region (Princeton). Before coming to Princeton, Debbie earned a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and worked for over a decade in community development and residential construction in Tucson, Arizona. (Dissertation Committee: Paul DiMaggio, Kim Lane Scheppele, Viviana Zelizer, Hendrik Hartog, Wendell Pritchett).