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


    Professor Ryan Allen is a housing and community development scholar with a focus 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. Most 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. In addition, Professor Allen has served as an expert witness in multiple federal lawsuits challenging the "public charge" rule in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Allen directs the Urban and Regional Planning program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and has an appointment with the Center for Community Vitality in Minnesota Extension. 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., Crowder, K. & Allen, R. (2022). Racial Disparity in Exposure to Housing Cost Burden in the U.S.: 1980-2017, Housing Studies,

    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