Megan E. Hatch

Assistant Professor of Urban Policy and City Management, Cleveland State University
Areas of Expertise:
  • Antipoverty Policy
  • Inequality & the Middle Class
  • Housing
  • Public Budgets & Taxes

About Megan

Hatch’s research explores the causes and consequences of social policies that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations. One stream of her research agenda examines redistributive tax and spending policies and their relation to income inequality. The other stream of her work explores state and local laws that govern rental housing, including tenant protection, source of income anti-discrimination, and criminal activity nuisance ordinances.


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

  • J. Rosie Tighe
  • Megan E. Hatch
  • Joseph W. Mead

How States Can Fight Growing Economic Inequality

  • Elizabeth Rigby



"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.
"For Richer or Poorer: The Politics of Redistribution in Bad Economic Times," (with Elizabeth Rigby), George Washington University, forthcoming.
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.
"Laboratories of (In)equality? Redistributive Policy and Income Inequality in the American States" (with Elizabeth Rigby). Policy Studies Journal (forthcoming).
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.

In the News

Megan E. Hatch quoted on eviction rates in the U.S. in 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's research on how states can fight rising inequality discussed in Sean McElweeMegan E. Hatch, "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.