Faculty Profile


  • PhD, Industrial Engineering/Management Sciences, Northwestern University, 1981
  • MS, Industrial Engineering/Management Sciences, Northwestern University, 1977
  • BA, Mathematics, Florida State University, 1975

Patricia Mokhtarian joined our School in Fall 2013 semester from University of California-Davis, where she was a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, associate director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, and founding chair of the interdisciplinary MS/PhD program in Transportation Technology and Policy. Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty in 1990, she worked for several years in regional planning and consulting in Southern California.  Dr. Mokhtarian has specialized in the study of travel behavior for more than 30 years, and has authored or co-authored more than 200 refereed journal articles, technical reports, and other publications.  She is a North American area editor of the journal Transportation, and is on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part A, Transport Policy, Transportation Letters, the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, the European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, and Travel Behaviour and Society .

Dr. Mokhtarian's Google Scholar profile may be seen at:


  • impacts of land use on travel behavior (particularly including residential location and residential self-selection issues)
  • impacts of telecommunications technology on travel behavior
  • the need to travel for its own sake
  • multitasking attitudes and behavior, especially during travel
  • commuters’ responses to congestion or to system disruptions


  • Sustained Research Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015.
  • Keynote speaker: If telecommunication is such a great replacement for travel, why does congestion keep getting worse? 14th International Conference on Traffic and Transportation Engineering, Tehran, Iran, February 24, 2015.
  • Keynote speaker: Subjective Well-being and Travel: Retrospect and Prospect. 14th Triennial Conference of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, Windsor, UK, July 19-23, 2015.
  • PROFILES, TR News (the bimonthly magazine of the Transportation Research Board), September/October 2014. “The PROFILES honor and highlight the professional achievements and contributions of select TRB leaders.”
  • Invited speaker, endowed lecture series: What Good is it? Reflections on the Utility of Travel in a Resource-Constrained Era, Eighth Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation, University of California, Los Angeles, October 9, 2014.
  • Keynote speaker: How Much Does the Method Influence the Answer? A Ceteris Paribus Empirical Comparison of Approaches for Assessing the Impact of Self-Selection on Travel Behavior, World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR), Delft, the Netherlands, June 24, 2014.
  • Invited speaker, university-wide endowed lecture series: The Implications of Travel-Based Multitasking for Modeling and Policy: A Conceptual Exploration and Some Preliminary Empirical Results. Burack Lecture, University of Vermont, Burlington, April 14, 2014.
  • Invited to give a talk (December 12, 2013) for the Distinguished Transport Lecture Series hosted by the University of Hong Kong Institute of Transport Studies, and also to be a plenary session speaker at the 18th Annual Hong Kong Society for Transport Studies (HKSTS) conference (December 14-16)
  • Invited to give a keynote talk to the IEEE Online Conference on Green Communications (October 31, 2013)


  • “Multimodal Travel Groups and Attitudes: A Latent Class Cluster Analysis of Dutch Travelers”, by Eric Molin, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, and Maarten Kroesen. Forthcoming, Transportation Research Part A.
  • “The Effect of Carsharing on Vehicle Holdings and Travel Behavior: a Propensity Score and Causal Mediation Analysis of the San Francisco Bay Area”, by Gouri Shankar Mishra, Regina Ruby Lee Clewlow, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, and Keith F. Widaman. Research in Transportation Economics (Special Issue on Sustainable Transportation) 52, 2015, 46-55.
  • “Home-based Telecommuting and Intra-household Interactions in Work and Non-work Travel: A Seemingly Unrelated Censored Regression Approach”, by Seung-Nam Kim, Sangho Choo, and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Transportation Research Part A 80, 2015, 197-214.
  • “What Moves Us? An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Reasons for Traveling”, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian, Ilan Salomon, and Matan E. Singer. Transport Reviews 35(3), 2015, 250-274.
  • “The Influences of Past and Present Residential Locations on Vehicle Ownership Decisions”, by Gregory S. Macfarlane, Laurie A. Garrow, and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Transportation Research Part A 74, 2015, 186-200.
  • “The Role of Attitudes in Accounting for Self-selection Effects”, by Bert van Wee and Patricia Mokhtarian. Chapter 31 in Robin Hickman, David Bonilla, Moshe Givoni, David Banister (eds.), International Handbook on Transport and Development. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham,UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2015, pp. 166-178.
  • “Impacts of ICT on Travel Behavior: A Tapestry of Relationships”, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian and Gil Tal. Chapter 14 in The Sage Handbook of Transport Studies, Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Jon Shaw, and Theo Notteboom, eds., London: Sage Publications, 2013, 241-260.
  • “Trivariate Probit Models of Pre-purchase/Purchase Shopping Channel Choice: Clothing Purchases in Northern California”, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian and Wei (Laura) Tang. Chapter 12 in Stephane Hess and Andrew Daly, eds., Choice Modelling: The State of the Art and the State of Practice – Selected Papers from the Second International Choice Modelling Conference. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham,UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2013, 243-273.
  • “The Connections among Accessibility, Self-Selection and Walking Behaviour: A Case Study of Northern California Residents”, by Xinyu Cao and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Chapter 5 in Karst T. Geurs, Kevin J. Krizek, and Aura Reggiani (eds.), Accessibility Analysis and Transport Planning: Challenges for Europe and North America. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham,UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2012, 73-95.
  • “Examining the Impacts of Residential Self-Selection on Travel Behavior: Methodologies and Empirical Findings”, by Xinyu (Jason) Cao, Patricia L. Mokhtarian, and Susan L. Handy. Chapter 1 of Elisabetta Venezia, ed., Urban Sustainable Mobility, 2011, 15-100. Milan: FrancoAngeli, ISBN 978-88-568-3742-1. Combined and updated version of similar material appearing elsewhere, reprinted with permission.
  • “The Tyranny of Time and Space – Weakened but not Vanquished: Comment on the Special Section on Media and Mobility:, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Transfers 3(1), 2013, 140-146.
  • “Editorial”, by Patricia L. Mokhtarian and Kay W. Axhausen. Guest editors, Transportation 36(6), special issue: Ryuichi Kitamura 1949-2009: A Tribute, 2009, 639-640.
  • “Active Travel: The Role of Self-Selection in Explaining the Effect of Built Environment on Active Travel”, by Susan L. Handy, Xinyu Cao, and Patricia L. Mokhtarian. Active Living Research (ALR) Research Brief, Fall 2009.
  • “What about People in Behavioral Modeling? Ryuichi Kitamura (1949 – 2009)”, by P. L. Mokhtarian. Guest editorial, Journal of Choice Modelling 2(1) (July), 2009.
  • Review of “Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change”, by Susan Handy and Patricia L. Mokhtarian, Journal of the American Planning Association 75(1), 2009, 95-96. doi: 10.1080/01944360802540364
  • Invited keynote speaker, workshop on Smart Urban Mobility, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, November 26-27, 2015.
  • Invited discussant in workshop on Shaping the Transportation Revolution. US Department of Energy, Sacramento, California, October 21, 2015.
  • Invited workshop presentation: The impact of activities while traveling on the subjective evaluation of travel time. 14th Triennial Conference of the International Association for Travel Behaviour Research, Windsor, UK, July 19-23, 2015.
  • Invited seminar: What good is it? Reflections on the utility of travel in a resource-constrained era. Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, June 1, 2015.
  • Invited seminar: The impact of activities while traveling on the subjective evaluation of travel time. Northwestern University Transportation Center, Evanston, IL, April 23, 2015.