Anna Livia Brand's research focuses on the historical development of and contemporary planning and design challenges in black mecca neighborhoods in the American North and South, including Chicago’s Bronzeville, New York’s Harlem, Washington D.C.’s Shaw, New Orleans’s Treme, Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn, and Houston's 3rd and 4th Wards. In her work, Anna is investigating and comparing how the redevelopment of the historic business and cultural corridors in these communities reflects ongoing racialization and changing commitments to equity and social justice for those who have traditionally suffered under urban revitalization policies. Her work also interrogates the gendered, racialized and resistant constructions of the built environment in these neighborhoods over time. Anna received her Bachelor in Architecture from Tulane University, her Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans and her PhD in Urban Planning from MIT.