Kathleen E. Foley is a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and a PhD Candidate in Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning, studying land use planning and conflict management in public processes. Her dissertation research, funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts and the Barakat Foundation, focuses on the development of Islamic Centers in America’s suburbs. She is particularly interested in the civic engagement of immigrants via participation in public review processes, as well as the influence of public negotiation and compromise on the evolution of a distinctly American form of mosque architecture. She received her BA in Communications from Ithaca College, with minor studies in the History of Islamic Architecture and Urbanism. She holds an MA in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University.