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    Associate Professor; Director of Master’s Admissions
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    Dr. Mai Thi Nguyen's research focuses on housing policy, social and spatial inequality, urban growth phenomena and governance, the relationship between the built and social environments, and socially vulnerable populations. She is currently the MCRP Admissions Director and the Housing & Community Development Specialization Director. She also serves as the Director of New Faculty Programs at UNC.




    PLAN 52: Race, Sex, & Place
    PLAN 764:
    Community Development & Revitalization Techniques

    PLAN 823: Planning Workshop



    • In the Shadows of Ferguson: How housing policies contributed to racial instability in St. Louis
    • A 5-year HOPE VI Evaluation in Charlotte, NC
    • Building Resilient Affordable Housing in Coastal Vietnam: Bridging housing and climate adaptation policies
    • The Handbook for Housing Planning & Studies


    Nguyen, Mai Thi, Michael Webb, and Estefany Noria*, and William Rohe.  In Press. The Relationship Between Transportation, Neighborhoods, and Employment among Subsidized Housing Residents in Charlotte, North Carolina. Housing Policy Debate.

    Horney, Jennifer, Mai Thi Nguyen, David Salvesen, Olivia Tomasco, and Philip Berke.  In Press.  Engaging the Public in Planning for Disaster.  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.

    Nguyen, Mai Thi and Emma Boundy*.  Big Data and Smart (Equitable) Cities.  In Press. Seeing Cities Through Big Data - Research, Methods and Applications in Urban Informatics, An NSF- Sponsored Workshop.

    Nguyen, Mai Thi, William Rohe, Kirstin Frescoln*, Michael Webb, Mary Donegan*, and Hye-Sung Han*.  In Press. Mobilizing Social Capital: Which Informal and Formal Supports Affect Employment Outcomes for Relocated Public Housing Residents? Housing Studies.

    Nguyen, Mai Thi.  2015. The Intersection of Immigration and Housing Policies: Implications for the U.S. Housing Market and Economy.  Editorial Essay. Housing Policy Debate. 25(4): 796-798 DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2015.1043084

    Nguyen, Mai Thi and Hannah Gill. 2015. Interior immigration enforcement: The impacts of expanding local law enforcement authority. Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098014563029

    Nguyen, Mai Thi and David Salevesen. 2014.  Disaster Recovery Among Multi-ethnic Immigrants: A Case Study of Southeast Asians in Bayou La Batre, Alabama after Hurricane Katrina. Journal of the American Planning Association, 80:4, 385-396, DOI:10.1080/01944363.2014.986497

    Nguyen, Mai Thi, William Rohe, and Spencer Cowan.  2012.  “Entrenched Hybridity in Public Housing Agencies in the United States. Housing Studies. 27(4): 457-475.

    Nguyen, Mai Thi.  (2009). “Why do Communities Mobilize Against Growth: Community Status, Metropolitan Hierarchy, or Strategic Interaction?”Journal of Urban Affairs 31(1): 25-43.

    Nguyen, Mai Thi.  (2005). “Does Affordable Housing Detrimentally Impact Property Values? A Review of the Literature.” Journal of Planning Literature 20(1): 15-26.

    Basolo, Victoria and Mai Thi Nguyen.  (2005). “Does Mobility Matter? An Analysis of Housing Voucher Holders’ Neighborhood Conditions by Race and Ethnicity.” Housing Policy Debate 16(3/4): 297-324.

    Fulton, William, Rolf Pendall, Mai Thi Nguyen, and Alicia Harrison.  2001.  “Who Sprawls Most?  How Growth Patterns Differ Across the U.S.” Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution.


    President of ACSP's Faculty Women's Interest Group

    Governing Board Member of the Urban Affairs Association

    Finance Committee Chair, Governing Board, Urban Affairs Association

    Housing Policy Debate Editorial Board Member

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Advisory Panel Member


    Public Radio Interview on AirBnB research

    Asheville Growth Forum


    In 2016, Dr. Nguyen was awarded the Plan for All Award for outstanding research on inclusion and equity.

    In 2013, Dr. Mai Nguyen's passion for teaching is recognized with the J. Carlyle Sitterson Award for Excellence for her course entitled, "Race, Sex, & Place."



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