Brian An

Assistant Professor, Director of MSPP Program, Co-Director of Center for Urban Research

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
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Brian An, PhD, is an assistant professor, Director of Master of Science in Public Policy (MSPP) program, and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Research in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology. His research examines how institutional and policy design affect management processes and policy outcomes at all levels, from local and regional organizations to national governments across the globe. His policy research area spans urban and housing, energy and environment, and public finance. Dr. An has consulted or worked for international and US organizations, including the United Nations, International Finance Corporation (the World Bank Group), the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Enterprise Community Partners, Brookings Institution, Fulton County Government, and Atlanta Mayor’s Office among others. His work has been cited or featured in the U.S. President's 2024 Economic Report, WSB-TV, WABE FM 90.1 (Atlanta Metro NPR), Georgia Public Broadcasting (Statewide NPR)'s All Things Considered, Fortune Magazine, Yahoo News, Pew Charitable Trusts, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Atlanta Civic Circle among many other media outlets. He has a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California, Master of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from the Yonsei University.


Areas of
  • Big Data And Public Policy
  • Governance And Collaborative Management
  • Public Finance And Regional Development
  • Social Equity And Race
  • Urban Policy: Housing, Community Development, And Environment


Research Fields:
  • Economic Development and Smart Cities
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Policy Process, Leadership, and Pre-Law
  • Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration
  • Wicked Problems
  • Regional Development
  • Community engagement
  • Evaluation
  • Governance
  • Impacts and Consequences of Race/Ethnicity
  • Inequality, Inequity, and Social Justice
  • Infrastructure
  • Institution-Building
  • Public Sector Investment
  • Small and Midsize Enterprises
  • Sustainability
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Wicked Problems


  • PUBP-3130: Research Methods
  • PUBP-6112: Research Dsgn-Polcy Sci
  • PUBP-6118: Public Finance & Policy
  • PUBP-8500: Research Seminar