Contributor Profiles

Learn more about the wonderful group of Urban Planners behind the Transnational Planning blog.  We are all dedicated, passionate, and hardworking students trying to make sense of planning issues.  Learn about our backgrounds which inspire each of our unique perspectives.

Juliana Wilhoit: Juliana is a native of the Chicago area with a degree from Wheaton College in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, and is currently pursing a Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois.  While in college she got interested in GIS and community research, and interned for a year with the Field Museum doing asset-based community research in several communities throughout Chicago.  During the 2012-2013 school year, Juliana lived in Varna, Bulgaria as a Fulbright scholar, and she continues to explore issues of inequality in the  Balkans.  In her free time Juliana enjoys reading, crafting, and vegetarian cooking.  Feel free to connect with her on LinkedIn.

Juliana in Varna

Annie Contractor is interested in what connects us and what separates us as human beings. She hopes to help people design solutions to their struggles and promote equality through the scientific process.  Annie enjoys learning new languages, the smell of fall, and is an ardent DIYer.

Shruti Syal has just started her doctoral studies in planning, and aims to set up the project ACWUS in New Delhi whilst evaluating the work through the lenses of technology, economics, and sociopolitics as part of her doctoral research. The project covers the breadth of her interests- urban ecological resilience, public goods economics, ecosystem services, environmental engineering, public infrastructure, equity in resource distribution, ecological education, and entrepreneurship.

Long story short, she wants to see everyone have access to basic public services without descending into Marxist rhetoric, and help incrementally build cities that are in harmony with nature and also aesthetically and economically viable. And yes, that’s possible.

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Wendell Joseph is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a career in Urban Planning. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Andrews University, located in Berrien Springs, MI. Because of his background in architecture, he has a particular interest in the built environment and how it can serve or hinder the quality of life of its inhabitants. He has a passion and a desire to help shape the way our cities grow and the world we will live in by helping to manage and facilitate the growth and well-being of our cities, communities, environment and natural resources for everyone who shares and benefits from them. He can be found on LinkedIn.


My name is Edwin Carlos Muller III, a Nicaraguan Graduate Teaching Assistant and Master’s candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to Illinois, I received a Bachelors in Urban and Regional Planning/Architecture from Florida Atlantic University in 2012, located in Boca Raton, Florida.

I am interested in researching and learning from grass-root mobilizations in developing cities to  help address the needs of these growing communities. I have particular interest in Latin America; where my native tongue is spoken and cities tend to be all the more kinetic rather than stagnant in regards to demographics, economy, resources, and so forth.

Some of my experience is as follows:

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation, Planning Division (2010-2012): Updating Recreation and Open Space Element with all current and future recreational facilities / County-Wide Level of Service Analysis

Wellington, Florida (2011-2012): Formulate Public Opinion Survey for Equestrian Master Plan as well as maintain a Living Lab blog.

Campion Platt (Summer 2013): Architectural  Summer Internship



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