John R. Meyer Dissertation Fellowship (for Harvard Doctoral Students)
About the John R. Meyer Dissertation Fellowship
Doctoral students from a variety of disciplines writing a thesis on a housing-related topic are encouraged to apply for a John R. Meyer Dissertation Fellowship. Meyer Dissertation Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend as well project advising and support from our researchers and faculty affiliates.
The Fellowship honors the memory of the late John R. Meyer, who was the James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Economic Growth, emeritus at the Harvard Kennedy School. One of the leading urban economists of his generation, Meyer, also served as president of the National Bureau of Economic Research and as a professor at Harvard Business School and in the economics departments at both Harvard and Yale. He chaired the Joint Center for Housing Studies' Faculty Committee from 1997-2003 and served as the Center's Interim Director from 1996 to 1998.
Qualified Candidates and Expectations
The Fellowship is open to Harvard doctoral students in in any discipline who have an approved prospectus for a housing-related doctoral dissertation and have a genuine desire to be part of an interdisciplinary community of researchers and scholars interested in housing issues. Recent fellows have included students studying Design, Economics, Government, Social Policy, Sociology and Urban Planning. Meyer Doctoral Fellows are expected to present some aspect of their dissertation research at our Housing Research Seminar and submit it for publication as a Working Paper.
The 2019-2020 Meyer Doctoral Fellows are:
- Maria Atuesta, Ph.D. candidate in Urban Planning, is examining how the 6 million people displaced by Colombia's 50 years of civil conflict are being housed, particularly in small cities like Granada, and how the influx of these previously rural households is affecting social and political structures in those cities.
- Jared Schachner, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Social Policy, is using Los Angeles County to examine how parents make choices about neighborhoods and schools in an era of liberalized, choice-oriented urban policies, and how those choices affect educational outcomes for children.
- Adam Travis, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Social Policy, is exploring how different coastal real estate markets are responding to global climate change, with a particular focus on the relationship between flood hazards and home prices.