Megan Elizabeth Hatch, PhD
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Urban Studies
 Office: UR 316
 Phone: 216-687-5597
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 316, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
inequality, redistribution, rental housing, social policy, source of income discrimination, nuisance laws, quantitative methods, public administration, policy development, politics, urban policy, poverty, policy analysis
Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, George Washington University
M.P.A., Cornell University
B.A., Government and Psychology, Georgetown University
Brief Bio:
My research is driven by a concern with social justice and an interest in questions of how social policies are made and the consequences they have for people. It focuses on the causes and consequences of policies that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. My current research centers on two main types of equity-related policies: rental housing and state-level redistribution via taxes and spending. In order to answer questions related to these topics, I rely on interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and, usually though not exclusively, econometric tools of analysis.

The first branch of my research examines the political context and consequences of landlord-tenant laws. My ongoing research agenda on unsubsidized rental housing focuses on two interrelated questions. First, why do states adopt particular landlord-tenant laws? Second, how do landlord-tenant laws and their enforcement influence renter and housing market outcomes? A key line of inquiry is whether renters are really better off, in terms of affordability, eviction rates, and housing quality, in states with stricter legal protections. Another line of research with CSU colleagues explores issues surrounding source of income discrimination, which is when landlords refuse to rent to prospective renters because they receive government assistance, usually in the form of housing choice vouchers ("Section 8"). We ask how this discrimination shapes renters' housing decisions as well as the political context of anti-discrimination laws, particularly those adopted by cities. Finally, this CSU team is exploring the causes of criminal activity nuisance laws in Cuyahoga County.

The second branch of my research concerns state-level redistribution. Current projects explore how states change their redistributive policies when unemployment increases and the effect of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on health and income inequality. My research agenda on state-level redistribution will continue to examine the impact of redistributive tax and spending policies on social and economic inequality to provide evidence-based solutions for policymakers concerned with rising inequality.
Honors and Awards:
Theodore J. Lowi Policy Studies Journal Best Article Award, 2016

Faculty Merit Award, 2016, 2017

Editor's Choice Article 2015, Policy Studies Journal

George Washington University Policy Studies Endowment Graduate Fellowship in Public Policy and Administration, 2009-2014

Scholarship for Public Administration, Public Policy, and Public Affairs, ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, University of Michigan, 2011

Cornell Institute for Public Affairs Fellowship Recipient, 2007-2009

Pi Alpha Alpha, National Honors Society for Public Affairs and Administration, 2008

Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honorary Society, 2005
Teaching Areas:
Public Administration

Public Policy

Professional Affiliations:
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

American Political Science Association

American Political Science Association Section on Class and Inequality, Founding Member

Urban Affairs Association

PA Theory Network

Scholars Strategy Network