UMass Boston

Amit Patel

Public Policy & Public Affairs
Grad Prog Dir/Assoc Professor
McCormack Hall Floor 03

Areas of Expertise

Urban Poverty, Health Disparities, Statistical and Simulation Methods, GIS


PhD, Public Policy, George Mason University
Fellowship Programme, Management, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
MA, Urban and Regional Planning, CEPT University, India
BA, Architecture, The Maharaja Sayajiro University of Baroda, India

Additional Information

Amit Patel's research focuses on bottom-up approaches to improve socio-economic outcomes for the urban poor. His main research projects funded by the National Science Foundation and Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation include integration of innovative approaches from the developed world to address issues in the developing world. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on his research. He regularly teaches courses in public policy in the U.S. and conducts labs on urban poverty in India.

Professor Patel completed his PhD in public policy at George Mason University. While there, he received several awards for academic excellence including two national awards for the best dissertation in public policy.

He has prior education in management, urban and regional planning, and architecture.

Prior to joining UMass Boston, he was a post-doctoral fellow at George Mason University's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. Before moving to the United States, he was a researcher at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, where he worked on improving health outcomes for poor communities in India.

Teaching in the Public Administration Program:

Urban Policy and Politics
Foundations of Public Policy

Visit Professor Amit Patel's website.