PhD, Architecture, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2004
MArch, University of Oregon, Eugene, 1994
BArch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1983
BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 1983
Ongoing and upcoming research
Her research focuses on the mutual interaction of people and their environments, particularly the relationship between residential environments and cultural change.
Dearborn, L., "Immigrant Homeowners: Residential Choices of Low-/Moderate-Income Hmong in Milwaukee 's Central City," Submitted to Journal of Architectural and Planning Research as part of a special issue on immigrants and their residential environments (under editorial review).
Dearborn , L., 2005. Book Review, "The Dignity of Resistance: Women Resident Activism in Chicago Public Housing," by Roberta M. Feldman and Susan Stall. Journal of Planning Literature, Vol. 19(4): 457-58.
Dearborn, L., 2005. Book Review, "Securing the Spectacular City : the politics of revitalization and Homelessness in downtown Seattle ," by Timothy A. Gibson. H-Net Reviews (Humanities and Social Sciences OnLine).
Dearborn , L. & K. Rodenkirch, 2005. "Service-Research Relationships in the Study of Unethical Lending and Construction Practices," HUD-Community Outreach Partnerships Conference, Chicago , Illinois.
Dearborn, L., 2004. "Fighting the Inertia of the Status Quo," presented at the Site::Offsite, Architecture and the Factory-Built House , conference at the University of Texas at Austin , School of Architecture.
Professor Dearborn’s research focuses on the mutual interaction of people and their environments, particularly the relationship between residential environments and cultural change. She studies the Hmong of SE Asia and Hmong immigrants in the US, African Americans in inner-city neighborhoods, and Native Americans. She is heavily involved in FAA’s Illinois Action Research. Her work and courses address issues of social justice, equity among minority peoples, engaging physical, social, economic and political aspects of the environment to address human health and well-being as well as the preservation of cultural heritage.