Courtnee Melton-Fant

Assistant Professor, University of Memphis

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About Courtnee

Melton-Fant's research focuses in state- and local-level public policy, health outcomes, and racial health inequities. Overarching themes in Melton-Fant's writing include the disparate impacts of public policies and how broad-based public policies are tools for both creating and ameliorating racial inequities.


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"When Preemption and Existing Systems of Oppression Collide," Courtnee Melton-Fant, Local Solutions Support Center, August 29, 2022.


"Sex Differences in the Association between Local Government Spending and Mortality: Evidence from Tennessee" (with Scott Howard and Xueyuan Cao). Southern Medical Journal 113, no. 2 (2020).

Discusses that both health and non-health related local government spending are important for population health outcomes.

"Relationship Between State Preemption of Inclusionary Zoning Policies and Health Outcomes: Is There Disparate Impact Among People of Color?" Housing Policy Debate 30, no. 6 (2020): 1056-1065 .

Examines the relationship between state preemption of inclusionary zoning policies and health outcomes among different demographic groups. Mentions controlling for the state and individual-level controls, and preemption of inclusionary association were negatively associated with health outcomes, particularly among Black adults.