Portrait of Ryan Allen
Associate Dean for Research
300-04 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Urban and Regional Planning Area
Areas of Expertise
Race and ethnicity; urban and regional planning; civic engagement and public participation; demography; housing policy and planning; immigration and refugee services and policy


    Ryan Allen is a professor at the University of Minnesota with a dual appointment at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and University of Minnesota Extension. His research focuses on housing and community development with an emphasis on the experience of immigrant communities in the U.S. He is the author of a variety of articles that focus on housing affordability, public housing, and immigrant integration in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Studies, and International Migration Review. Recently, he co-authored "Immigrant Legal Status and Commute Mode Choice for Hispanics in the United States" in the Journal of the American Planning Association. Dr. Allen collaborates with colleagues in Minnesota Extension Community Development on research related to Greater Minnesota, including rural migration trends and housing precarity. He also serves as associate dean for research at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he acts as the point of contact for the Humphrey School’s research faculty and center directors, and updates faculty on policies regarding research ethics, procedures, grant funding, and other related information.


    PhD in Urban Studies (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007)

    Master of City Planning (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002)

    BA (The College of William and Mary, 1997)

    Hess, C., Colburn, G., Allen, R. & Crowder, K. (in press). Cumulative Housing Cost Burden Exposures and Disadvantages to Children’s Well-Being and Health, Social Science Review,

    Colburn, G., Hess, C., Allen, R. & Crowder, K. (2024). The Dynamics of Housing Cost Burden in the U.S., Urban Studies,

    Allen, R., Horner, K. & Choi, J. (2023). Penalties and Payoffs: The Short-Term Economic Consequences of Human Capital Acquisition for Resettled Refugees in the U.S., International Migration,

    Hess, C., Colburn, G., Crowder, K. & Allen, R. (2022). Racial Disparity in Exposure to Housing Cost Burden in the U.S.: 1980-2017, Housing Studies,

    Allen, R., Pacas, J. & Martens, Z. (2022). Immigrant Legal Status among Essential Frontline Workers in the U.S. during the COVID-19 Pandemic Era, International Migration Review, 57(2), 521-556

    Allen, R. & Goetz, E. G. (in press). A Home for Xenophobia: U.S. Public Housing Policy Under Trump, International Journal of Housing Policy, 21(1), 127-137

    Allen, R. P. & Wang, J. (2020). Immigrant Legal Status and Commute Mode Choice for Hispanics in the United States, Journal of the American Planning Association,

    Allen, R. P. & Van Riper, D. (2020). The New Deal, the deserving poor and the first public housing residents in New York City, Social Science History, 44(1), 91-115

    Allen, R. & Goetz, E. G. (10 July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2019). Public Housing Is Suffering from a Lack of Funding, Not an Overflow of Immigrants. L.A. Times:

    Colburn, G. & Allen, R. (2018). Rent burden and the Great Recession in the USA, Urban Studies, 55(1), 226--243