Brian An

Assistant Professor, Director of MSPP Program

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
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Dr. Brian An is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy. His research examines urban policy, public finance, governance reform, and social equity issues in local public service, focusing on the role of institutions in shaping policy and planning effectiveness. Dr. An’s research has been published in leading journals, such as Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, American Politics Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Housing Studies, and Urban Affairs Review. With various methods and analytic lens, his research programs are interdisciplinary, spanning the boundaries of public policy, management, urban planning, political science, and economics. He is a recipient of multiple awards, including the Henry Reining Best Dissertation Award in Public Policy and Management from the USC Price School of Public Policy, the Best Paper Award in Urban and Local Politics from the American Political Science Association, and the Donald C. Stone Best Paper Award on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations from the American Society for Public Administration. He has also been a co-investigator on grants from the John Randolph Haynes Foundation. Before joining Georgia Tech, Dr. An was assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. An holds a doctorate in public policy and management from the University of Southern California. He has a passion for working with students on policy research and discussion and he is leading “urban research group” at Georgia Tech.

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