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Brian An


Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning



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Specialization Area: Economic Development; Housing and Community Development

Dr. Brian An is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and faculty affiliate in the School of City and Regional Planning. His research examines how governance design and institutional choice affect policy and planning processes and outcomes at all levels, from local and regional organizations to national governments across the globe.

Dr. An’s research has been published in leading journals, such as Journal of Planning Education and Research, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Politics Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Housing Studies, and Urban Affairs Review among others. With various methods and analytic lens, his research programs are interdisciplinary, spanning the boundaries of public policy and management, urban planning, political science, and economics. He is a recipient of multiple awards, including the Henry Reining Best Dissertation Award in Public Policy and Management from the USC Price School of Public Policy, the Best Paper Award in Urban and Local Politics from the American Political Science Association, and the Donald C. Stone Best Paper Award on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations from the American Society for Public Administration.

Before joining Georgia Tech, Dr. An was assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. An holds a doctorate in public policy and management from the University of Southern California. He has a passion for working with students on policy and planning research and he is leading the “Urban Research Group” at Georgia Tech.