Moira’s research is at the intersection of local government law, land use, and city planning. She is the Principal Investigator on two interdisciplinary studies. The first explores how local and state land use regulations interact to slow or accelerate equitable infill residential development and the other explores public school districts implementing sustainable school meal reform.
Her research and teaching build on more than a decade of professional experience in legal practice and consulting for public entities. Her former clients include cities, housing authorities, school districts, and public universities throughout California. Her legal experience also includes clerking for the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and working as a law clerk in the office of the Environment and Natural Resources Unit, Civil Division, Department of Justice. Moira received her juris doctor, Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2006.
At Columbia, Moira teaches Community Development and Local Government Law & Politics in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She previously taught Introduction to Environmental Law and Planning, Land Use Controls, and Local Government Law at UC Berkeley in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the School of Law. She holds additional academic appointments in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and at BerkeleyLaw's Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment.