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Michael J. RichProfessor and Department Chair


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1985
  • M.A., University of Virginia
  • B.A., Westminster College


Previous appointments: Brown University, The Providence Plan, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Brookings Institution

Specializations: Public policy, Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Federalism, Urban Politics/Policy

Recent Courses: Community Building and Social Change, Public Policy, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, Poverty in America

Recent PublicationsCollaborative Governance and Urban Revitalization (with Robert Stoker), Cornell University Press, 2014; “Community Development Block Grants at 40: Time for a Makeover,” Housing Policy Debate, January 2014; Georgia: Individual State Report: State-Level Field Network Study of the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Rockefeller Institute of Government, December 2015

Current Research: Projects include (1) Collaborative governance, neighborhood revitalization, and comprehensive local poverty reduction strategies; (2) a study of the Atlanta Housing Authority’s Moving to Work Demonstration to assess the effects of public housing innovations on the well-being of low- and moderate-income families and their children; and (3) Georgia field research associate in the 40-state ACA Implementation Research Network, a collaborative project of the Rockefeller Institute of Government and the Brookings Institution