Megan E. Hatch

Associate Professor of Urban Policy and City Management, Cleveland State University
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Hatch's research focuses on the causes and consequences of policies that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. One stream of her research agenda examines state preemption of local laws. A second stream of her research explores state and local laws that affect rental housing, including tenant protection, eviction, utility insecurity, and the CDBG program. Hatch serves on the board of Heights Community Congress, a local fair housing nonprofit.


How Fair Housing Programs Can be Bolstered by Laws Prohibiting Source of Income Discrimination

    J. Rosie Tighe ,
  • Joseph W. Mead

How States Can Fight Growing Economic Inequality

  • Megan E. Hatch

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"Section 8 Allowed," J. Rosie Tighe (with Megan E. Hatch and Joseph W. Mead), ShelterForce, July 3, 2018.
Megan E. Hatch quoted on eviction policies by Mike Maciag, "Where Evictions Are Most Common" Governing, June 1, 2018.
Megan E. Hatch quoted on eviction rates in the U.S. by Vince Grzegorek , "There are an Average of 12 Evictions Every Day in Cleveland. New Data Puts Numbers behind America's 'Invisible Housing Crisis'" Cleveland Scene, April 26, 2018.
Megan E. Hatch quoted on the push for eviction defense in housing court by Teresa Wiltz, "How Free Legal Help Can Prevent Evictions" Huffington Post, October 27, 2017.
Megan E. Hatch's research on how states can fight rising inequality discussed by Sean McElwee, "The Economy is a Democrat: Why Recent History Shows the Value of a Progressive President," Salon, March 28, 2015.
"States Can Fight Growing Economic Inequality through Lowering Taxes on the Poor, and Stricter Labor Market Policies," Megan E. Hatch (with Elizabeth Rigby), London School of Economics Blog, January 27, 2015.


"Laboratories of (In)equality? Redistributive Policy and Income Inequality in the American States" (with Elizabeth Rigby). Policy Studies Journal 43, no. 2 (2015): 163-187.

Describes the effect state-level redistributive policies, such as taxing the wealthy, giving tax credits to the poor, spending on the poor, and regulating the labor market, can have on market inequality.

"For Richer or Poorer: The Politics of Redistribution in Bad Economic Times" (with Elizabeth Rigby). Political Research Quarterly (2017).

Examines the consequences of economic downturns for state redistributive policy and politics, arguing that labor market downturns shift policy outcomes and suppress the increased redistribution otherwise expected under Democratic party control.

"Source of Income Discrimination" (with J. Rosie Tighe and Joseph Mead). Journal of Planning Literature 32, no. 1 (2017): 3-15.

Reviews the literature on discrimination of voucher recipients and the potential for "source of income" anti-discrimination laws to mitigate some of these negative outcomes.

"Incorporating Economic Policy into a 'Health-in-All-Policies' Agenda" (with Elizabeth Rigby). Health Affairs 35, no. 11 (2016): 2044-2052.

Provides a broad portrait of how economic policies affect health. Finds better health outcomes in states that enacted higher tax credits for the poor or higher minimum wage laws and in states without a right-to-work law that limits union power.

"Quiet Voices: Misalignment of the Three Cs in Public Administration Curriculum" Journal of Public Affairs Education 24, no. 2 (2018): 152-172.

Examines the initial socialization of many public administrators to the field by performing a content analysis of the syllabi of highly ranked MPA programs and evaluates what percentage of assigned authors are female and how the curriculum addresses gender diversity. Provides strategies for instructors desiring to increase the alignment of the three Cs in their curriculum.

"Statutory Protection for Renters: Classification of State Landlord-Tenant Policy Approaches" Housing Policy Debate 27, no. 1 (2017): 98-119.

Examines state-level landlord-tenant policy approaches to determine whether there is significant policy variation and whether states illustrate identifiable policy types. Finds that renters in protectionist and contradictory states move significantly more than renters in probusiness states do.

"Who is a Nuisance? Criminal Activity Nuisance Ordinances in Ohio" (with Joseph W. Mead, J. Rosie Tighe, Kristi Andrasik, Marissa Pappas, and Elizabeth Bonham). Social Science Research Network (2017).

Discusses Criminal Activity Nuisance Ordinances (CANOs), local laws found in thousands of cities throughout the country which penalize property owners if repeated incidents of criminal activity related to their property occur over a set period of time. Finds these laws often have consequences for survivors of domestic violence and others experiencing crisis.

"Scope and Variation of Landlord-Tenant Laws in the United States," George Washington University, August 2014.
Creates a typology of state landlord-tenant policy regimes as a way of understanding the different policy environments experienced by tenants in the U.S.