Megan Elizabeth Hatch, PhD
 Title: Associate Professor & PhD Dir
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,rental housing, preemption, eviction, redistribution, social policy, source of income discrimination, nuisance laws, quantitative methods, public administration, policy development, politics, urban policy, 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 four types of state and local rental housing policies: evictions, landlord-tenant laws,criminal activity nuisance ordinances, and CDBG funding.

A new branch of my research is on state preemption of local laws. I examine why states preempt their cities, how cities respond, and how these dynamics play out in a variety of contexts, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Honors and Awards:
Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research (CPHLR) Fellow, 2018 - 2021

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

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:
Academic Women in Public Administration (AWPA)
American Political Science Association (APSA)
American Political Science Association Section on Class and Inequality, Founding Member
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
Cleveland State University Diversity Institute (TDI), Associate
Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)
Public Administration Theory Network (PATNet)
Scholars Strategy Network (SSN)
Urban Affairs Association (UAA)
Professional Service:
Social Media Editor, Journal of Public Affairs Education, 2019 - present

Editorial Board Member, Urban Affairs Review, 2019 - present

Leadership Board Member, Academic Women in Public Administration, 2017 - present
Community Service:
Fair Housing Committee (Chair), Heights Community Congress, 2019 - present

Board of Trustees Member, Heights Community Congress, 2017 - present
Research Grants:
Hatch, Megan E. (2020). "City Level Evictions and the Right to Counsel," funding by Levin College Women's Fund.

Hatch, Megan E. (2020-2021). "Applying Stress-Process and Life-Course Models to Understand the Negative Effects of the School-to-Prison Pipeline among Youth Who Reside in a Disadvantaged Neighborhood," Co-PI with M.F. Tedor and C. A. Mallett, funded by Cleveland State University Faculty Innovative Research and Engagement.

Hatch, Megan E. (2019-2020). "Medium-Term Consequences of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)," Co-PI with the Center for Economic Development Cleveland State University, funded by The George Gund Foundation.

Hatch, Megan E. (2018-2019). "When Do Local Governments Redistribute? The Role of Female Legislators," funding by Cleveland State University, Faculty Scholarship Initiative.

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