Shahab Albahar is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in urban planning and policy at the University of Virginia. His research critiques the heteronormative frameworks of planning. Using the case of Washington, DC, he asks how planning responds to, challenges or produces the shifting conceptions of American citizenship at the intersection of space, race, gender, and sexuality. He focuses on trans lived experiences in the public spaces of Washington, DC, to advance a critical planning theory that engages in queer methodology while advocating an emancipatory framework for greater trans inclusion in urban politics. Shahab holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Harvard and dual Bachelors of Architecture and Fine Arts from RISD.