His current projects include an examination of the role of land tenure policy and land rights in the post-earthquake recovery of Port-au-Prince Haiti and an edited volume, Planning Atlanta: Ruins and Resurgence which surveys the history of planning in that city. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Etienne worked in Philadelphia in the public policy and economic development sectors for Greater Philadelphia First (now merged with the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce) and the Pennsylvania Economy League where he worked on various policy issues including university-industry partnerships, K-12 school reform, health care access, and welfare policy.He earned a B.A. in sociology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, a M.A. in Urban Studies from Temple University and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Etienne's research focuses primarily on neighborhood change and revitalization after economic decline and natural disasters by merging qualitative research methods, evaluation research and spatial analysis. His primary interests have centered around critical perspectives of community-level change and community development.
Pushing Back the Gates: Neighborhood Perspectives on University-Driven Change in West Philadelphia on Temple University Press. (2012)
“Setting the Stage for Long-Term Recovery in Haiti” with Robert Olshansky, Earthquake Spectra, Vol. 27(1): S463-D486. (2011)
- “Diversity in Urban Planning: From Admissions to Practice” with Elizabeth Sweet, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 33(3): 332-339. (2011)