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Matt Dean

PhD Student


Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
BA Neuroscience (minor: Anthropology) – Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Graduate Institution and Major:
MCRP (City and Regional Planning) and MBA (Business Administration) – The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Research Interests:
My research interests are in affordable housing policy. Specifically, this includes, but is not limited to, the efficacy of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, homeownership and mortgage lending practices for low/moderate income buyers, international comparative housing policy, and the experience of homelessness from an ethnographic and quantitative perspective. After working in the affordable housing industry for multiple developers and experiencing the process of applying for LIHTCs in multiple Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, I saw a pattern of resource misallocation emerge. Too often, awards were given to projects that either did not or could not address the most pressing affordable housing needs of communities. This has left many households severely rent burdened or homeless with little opportunity to live in the communities or near amenities of their choosing. I plan on investigating policies to address the market failures of both rental housing and homeownership in the US and improve the inequities that these markets generate.

Relevant Professional Experience:

Development Associate at Milhaus Development (Columbus, OH)

Development Coordinator at PIRHL Development (Cleveland, OH)

Wheeler Student Intern at Spire Development (Columbus, OH)

Planning Intern at The City of Westerville, OH

Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Technician at The National Institute of Mental Health (Bethesda, MD)

Funded Appointments:

Graduate Teaching Assistant: Graduate Research Assistant at The Ohio State University, Glenn College of Public Affairs – Funded by The Ohio Housing Finance Agency (Power of Home Program), August 2021 - present

Relevant Service Experience:

Vice President of Buckeye Brighters (Organization for Fulbright Scholars at Ohio State), Academic Year 2021-22

Treasurer of the City and Regional Planning Student Association, Academic Year 2016-17

Treasurer of the Fisher Real Estate Society, Academic Year 2016-17

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.