Tabitha’s work for more equitable and sustainable urban transit is underpinned by more than a decade of research in cities around the world, on topics ranging from gender and transport to the political stakes of new urban rail systems. As a Thomas J. Watson fellow, she traveled to Cape Town, Dubai, Melbourne, and Kuala Lumpur to carry out a year-long comparative study of the experiences of women taxi drivers.
She subsequently spent a year in Dubai as a Fulbright-Hays fellow, conducting ethnographic and policy research on the political significance of the creation of the city’s Metro for her doctoral dissertation. Prior to joining TransitCenter in 2015, Tabitha was Program Director of IHP Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics, a comparative global urban studies program for undergraduates. She holds a BA in international relations from Wellesley College and a PhD in sociology from Yale University.