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About Michael P. Johnson

I am professor in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at University of Massachusetts Boston.
My research interests lie primarily in operations research/management science planning models for public-sector facility location and service delivery, with applications to subsidized/affordable housing, senior services and community corrections. I also use cost-benefit analysis to estimate impacts of public policies and information technology to design decision support systems. My primary mission is to develop quantitative methods that enable public organizations serving disadvantaged and vulnerable populations to develop programs and policies that jointly optimize economic efficiency, beneficial social outcomes and social equity.
I have taught courses in research methods, geographic information systems, quantitative methods, decision support systems, operations research, cost-benefit analysis and management information systems. I have supervised multiple doctoral dissertations, as well as doctoral-level group projects and master's-level individual and group capstones.
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Present Visiting Scholar (Spring 2014), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Present Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

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19931997 PhD, Northwestern University ‐ Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
19891990 M.S., University of California Berkeley ‐ Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
19861987 M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology ‐ Electrical Engineering
19821987 B.S., Morehouse College ‐ Mathematics

Contact Information

Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies
McCormack Hall 3-428A
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393


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