Michael J. Rich is Professor of Political Science and Environmental Sciences, and Director of the Policy Analysis Laboratory at Emory University. He is the author of Collaborative Governance for Urban Revitalization (with Robert Stoker) and Federal Policymaking and the Poor. His current research focuses on community building, neighborhood revitalization and local poverty reduction strategies. He has recently completed evaluation studies of
the Atlanta Housing Authority’s Moving to Work Demonstration to assess the effects of public housing innovations on the well-being of low- and moderateincome families and their children. He teaches courses on public policy, public policy analysis, community building and social change, poverty in America, and qualitative and multimethod research,
Dr. Rich received his PhD in political science from Northwestern University and has held research appointments at the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He previously taught at Brown University and was the founding executive director of The Providence Plan, a collaborative city-stateuniversity initiative to revitalize the city of Providence and its neighborhoods. From 2000-2014 he served as
the founding executive director of Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships, a university-wide initiative to strengthen community-engaged scholarship, learning, and service.