LSE's American Politics and Policy Blog featured my American Political Science Review article, co-authored with Justin de Benedictis-Kessner, on self-interest, NIMBYism, and the opioids crisis (October 18, 2019).

I was quoted in City Limits about how risk aversion and political behavior shape opposition to new homeless shelters (September 9, 2019).

I talked to The Science of Politics podcast about my research on housing, NIMBYism, and policy solutions to the affordability crisis (May 8, 2019).

The National Low Income Housing Coalition profiled my research on NIMBYism among renters (April 30, 2019).

I discuss NIMBYism as a new local political identity with Curbed Atlanta (December 19, 2018).

The New York Times covered my research while discussing the bipartisanship of NIMBYism (August 21, 2018).

My working paper, When Do Renters Behave Like Homeowners? , is included in Slate's discussion of the city politics and housing affordability (June 29, 2017).

My working paper, When Do Renters Behave Like Homeowners? , was profiled in CityLab (February 9, 2017).

My Social Forces article , co-authored with Jackelyn Hwang and K. Steven Brown, is part of an amicus brief filed to the United States Supreme Court in support of a robust enforcement of the Fair Housing Act (October 10, 2016).

The American Sociological Association published a Work in Progress post of my research on racial segregation's effect on subprime lending, co-authored with Jackelyn Hwang and K. Steven Brown (June 14, 2016).

The New York Times interviewed me and discussed my dissertation research as applied to the San Francisco housing market (April 17, 2016).

The Harvard Inequality and Social Policy Program profiled my San Francisco exit poll project, funded by the Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative (October 4, 2015).

Quartz featured my Social Forces article, co-authored with Jackelyn Hwang and K. Steven Brown, on racial segregation and the subprime mortgage crisis (April 16, 2015).

About Me

I am a political scientist studying how institutional spatial scale affects political behavior to undermine democratic representation. I use original data to show that collective outcomes in housing, health policy, and voting behavior are all shaped by the spatial scale of institutions. Previous research has suggested that when institutions are designed to shift power to smaller spatial scales, they may result in normatively positive outcomes. My research indicates that the smaller spatial scale of institutions may change political behavior in ways that prevent the development of needed public goods, such as housing and public health infrastructure. In short, the design of political institutions can subvert representation and collective action around the siting of things society needs, but nobody wants nearby.

Methodologically, I leverage geocodable observational data as well as original survey and experimental approaches. I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Baruch College, City University of New York with a focus in public policy. I received my Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University in 2017. My research has been published in the American Political Science Review and Social Forces.

Contact me at: Michael Hankinson @msghankinson