Megan Elizabeth Hatch, PhD
 Title: Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Program Director
 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 Public 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 questions of how state and local public policies are made and the impact they have on people. It focuses on the causes and consequences of public policies that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. Within the broad themes of causes and consequences, I examine two policy areas: state redistributive policies and state and local rental housing policies. In order to answer questions related to these topics, I typically employ interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks and econometric analysis. The overarching goals of my research are three-fold: (1) Develop an understanding of why governments adopt policies (i.e. policy causes) that positively and negatively impact vulnerable populations and what the consequences of these laws are; (2) Provide evidence-based recommendations for policymakers to improve outcomes for renters and people with low incomes; and (3) Apply my research to problems in my community to generate positive change.

My research on state redistributive policies focuses on the spending, tax, and labor market adjusting policies that change the distribution of resources among low-income/middle-income and wealthy individuals. The overarching theme of this component of my research agenda is to understand how these government policies and associated politics alter the distribution of resources and outcomes within the population. In particular, I am interested in the non-labor market consequences of labor-market interventions.

My research on rental housing policies explores the creation and consequences of landlord-tenant laws at the state and local level. At its core, this research examines the policy context within which almost a third of Americans, many of whom have low incomes or are people of color, must operate. American public policy has long favored homeownership. What is less explored, and where I situate my research, are policies aimed at renters and their relationship with landlords. Currently, I investigate three types of state and local rental housing policies: landlord-tenant laws, source of income discrimination, and criminal activity nuisance ordinances.
Honors and Awards:
Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR) Fellow, 2018 - 2019

Theodore J. Lowi Policy Studies Journal Best Article Award, 2016

Faculty Merit Award, 2016, 2017, 2018

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

Midwest Political Science Association

PA Theory Network

Scholars Strategy Network
Research Grants:
Hatch, Megan E. (2018-2019). "When Do Local Governments Redistribute? The Role of Female Legislators," funding by Cleveland State University, Faculty Scholarship Initiative ($7,217.72).

Hatch, Megan E. (2018). "Eviction Rules and Procedures in the 40 Largest U.S. Cities," funding by Levin College Women's Fund ($4,109).