Hye-Sung Han, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Urban Affairs, Department of Public Affairs
Areas of expertise: Housing Policy, Housing and Community Development, Neighborhood Revitalization, Neighborhood Economic Development, Housing Abandonment and Foreclosure
Hye-Sung Han is an Assistant Professor in Urban Affairs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Han received her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning, specializing in Housing and Community Development, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation research topic related to the impacts of abandoned residential properties on property values in surrounding neighborhoods, and was supported by a dissertation grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also received a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. and a M.A. in Architecture from Seoul National University.
Prior to coming to UMKC, she was a part of research team evaluating the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Moving to Work program and HOPE VI project for the Charlotte Housing Authority at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at UNC-CH. She also has seven years of professional experience working on neighborhood revitalization programs at City of Boston in Massachusetts.
Her research interest is to explore how physical and social characteristics of urban neighborhoods influence people's lives. Her research interests include housing abandonment and foreclosures, housing and community development, neighborhood revitalization, and housing policy. She has published articles in Housing Policy Debate and North Carolina Medical Journal and has several papers in progress.