I am principally an urbanist, whose specialty is the study of cities, their public spaces, and their design as modes of social production, reproduction, and resistance. I hold an assistant professorship of architecture at Clemson University, USA where I teach graduate studios and seminars on design for health and equity. I am also a licensed senior architect and certified planner with the International Development Collaborative, where my team works with USAID to build community capacity and healthy spaces in under-resourced communities across the United States, the Middle and Far East, Asia, and Africa. My research intersects community health, gender equity, and public space. For my PhD, I worked with vulnerable children using environmental psychology and architectural methods to explore the impact of neoliberal urban policies on the architecture of dispossessed communities (e.g., resettled, erased, gentrified) in India and the Philippines. This project received the EDRA Great Places Research Award and the ARCC King Medal for Research Excellence.
- Deaton, L. (Exp. 2023), The Hidden Public Spaces of Dispossessed Communities: Adolescents’ Perspectives from Hyderabad, India and Manila, Philippines. In Kruetz, A. and Beza, B. Growing Up in Cities of the Twenty-First Century: A Global Study with Young People and Their Urban Environment. Under Contract with Springer.
- Deaton, L. (2020), Freedmen’s Town versus Frenchtown: A Spatial History of Black Settlements in Houston, TX. In Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review.
- Gillem, M., Deaton. L. (2017), New Traditions of Placemaking in Central-West Africa. In AlSayyad, N., Gillem, M., and Moffat, D., Whose Tradition? London: Routledge.
- Gillem, M. and Pruitt, L. (2016), Security, Surveillance, and the New Landscapes of Migration. In Lozanovska, M. Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration. London: Routledge.