As an Associate Professor, Karen Frick teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in transportation policy and planning, global cities, planning history and theory, and dissertation research design. She is a Director of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) and an Assistant Director of the University of California Transportation Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation (UCCONNECT). Frick served as an academic lead for CED’s [IN] CITY summer program in sustainable city planning. Before teaching at UC Berkeley, Frick worked as a transportation planner for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission for nine years.
Frick’s research combines her interest in transportation, sustainable, and community-based planning. Her recent research on the Tea Party’s impacts on local and regional property rights received “Best Paper of the Year” Award from the Journal of the American Planning Association. She was awarded with an Award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor from UC Berkeley’s Excellence in Advising Awards Program (2016) and STEM Partner Award from Self e-STEM, a non-profit organization that provides STEM education for underserved children in the Bay Area.
Frick holds a doctorate degree in city and regional planning from UC Berkeley and both master’s degree in urban and regional planning and bachelor’s degree in sociology from UCLA.