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Michael Johnson, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School
  • Telephone: 617.287.6967
  • Fax: 617.287.6949
  • Office Location: McCormack Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 428A

Areas of Expertise

Management science planning models for public-sector facility location and service delivery, with applications to assisted housing and senior services

Degrees

PhD, Northwestern University, Operations Research
MS, University of California, Berkeley, Operations Research
MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering
BA, Morehouse College, Mathematics and French

Additional Information

Associate Professor Johnson’s research interests lie primarily in community-based operations research, and decision models for public-sector facility location and service delivery. Current substantive research areas of interest include: foreclosed housing, subsidized/affordable housing, and urban and regional development. Johnson also uses cost-benefit analysis to estimate impacts of public policies and information technology to design decision support systems. His research goal is to develop quantitative methods that enable public organizations to serve disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in ways that jointly optimize economic efficiency, beneficial population outcomes, and social equity.

His work has appeared in a variety of journals, conference proceedings and reference works, including Annals of Operations Research, Decision Support Systems, Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, Encyclopedia of Housing, Environment and Planning, Housing Studies, Journal of Geographic Systems, Management Science, Papers of the Regional Science Association, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences and Tutorials in Operations Research. He has edited one volume, Community-Based Operations Research: Decision Modeling for Local Impact and Diverse Populations (Springer, 2011) and co-edited two others.

Professor Johnson has served as principal investigator on a project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to develop decision models that assist community development corporations to design foreclosure response strategies for neighborhood revitalization. This project, which lasted from 2010 – 2014, yielded the lead-authored book Decision Science for Housing and Community Development: Localized and Evidence‐Based Responses to Distressed Housing and Blighted Communities (John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2015; ISBN 978-1-118-97499-5).

Professor Johnson has edited the volume Community-Based Operations Research: Decision Modeling for Local Impact and Diverse Populations (Springer, 2012; 978-1-4614-0805-5). This work has its roots in a National Science Foundation CAREER professional development grant (2002 – 2007). Professor Johnson has earned post-doc fellowships from the National Science Foundation CAREER Program, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholars Program, and National Consortium on Violence Research. Professor Johnson has earned post-doc fellowships from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholars Program and the National Consortium on Violence Research.

Teaching in the Public Policy PhD Program:

Research Methods II
Geographic Information Systems for Public Policy
Practicum I/II
Dissertation Seminar
Urban Housing Policy
Community-Based Operations Research

Teaching in the Public Administration Program:

Analytical Skills for Policy Analysis I

Teaching in the Urban Planning and Community Development Program

Quantitative Analytic Methods for Urban Planning & Community Development

For more information on his research and publications, please visit Michael Johnson's Scholarworks page.