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PDBE Student Spotlight

Jermaine Durham

Jermaine Durham is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clemson Planning Design and the Built Environment Program. He holds a Master of Science and Urban Studies and Planning from Savannah State University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgia Southern University. His dissertation “Race, Foreclosure and Neighborhood Change in the American South” examines how the U.S. foreclosure crisis impacted processes of neighborhood change in several counties in the southeastern United States. Using both quantitative and geographic information systems analysis, his multiple-case study research seeks to understand the spatial distributions of foreclosures and how the interaction between the racial characteristics of neighborhoods and concentrated foreclosures influence changes in neighborhood socioeconomic and housing tenure characteristics.   Jermaine’s research adds to the understanding of the ways in which the U.S. foreclosure crisis continues to impact communities nearly a decade after it began.

Throughout his career Jermaine has worked on several community development and housing initiatives and served as a community development analyst for the Housing Authority of Savannah prior to entering the PDBE program.  During his time at Clemson, Jermaine has studied under Mickey Lauria, Ph.D. He has served as a graduate teaching assistant since 2015 and teaches the Professional Planning Studio Course for the Master of City and Regional Planning Program.  Jermaine is a co-author of a forthcoming article that examines the connection between foreclosed properties formerly owned by government sponsored enterprises and housing instability. Jermaine presented the findings from this study at the 6th Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium held at Emory University on April 26th, 2018. Jermaine is also a recipient of the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship which he received in 2016.



PDBE Alumnus Spotlight

Dr. Melanie Duffey

Dr. Melanie Duffey is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Design program in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences at Auburn University where the program is nationally ranked #11 by DesignIntelligence. Dr. Duffey graduated from the Planning, Design and the Built Environment doctoral program from Clemson University in 2014. At Auburn, she is the Internship Coordinator, and serves as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA) faculty advisor for the respective student chapters, where her chapter was nominated and received the national ‘ASID Student Chapter of the Year’ award in 2018 under her advisement. Dr. Duffey teaches primarily undergraduate studios and lecture courses in the upper levels focusing on advanced design skills and industry-partnerships where students are exposed to real-world parameters of a project, often difficult to simulate inside the classroom. Efforts in her undergraduate teaching were recently recognized by DesignIntelligence naming Dr. Duffey one of the 25 “Most Admired Educators in Architecture and Design.” As internship coordinator, Dr. Duffey has managed student and firm relationships with Architecture and Design firms across the country, and initiated studio partnerships with firms nationally ranked in the ‘Top 10 Giants’ list by Interior Design magazine. Her research interests have focused on connecting industry to academia through the internship experience, and has been published in peer-reviewed outlets that include Journal of Interior Design and Interior Design Education Council (IDEC) conference proceedings. Dr. Duffey also serves as the multidisciplinary network chair for IDEC, and strives to connect interior design education with the allied disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Her research in this area has been published in peer-reviewed outlets Space and Communications and Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference proceedings where her work explores contemporary issues in public space that includes human behavior and perceptions of public space and new typologies of public space that include indoor public space. Additionally, as part of professional service, Dr. Duffey serves on the advisory board for the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and is actively involved in the role of public art on Auburn’s campus.