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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, and department chair since January 2018.

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, probability and statistics, 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 Professor and Department Chair, University of Massachusetts Boston Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Present Visiting Scholar (Spring 2014), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Curriculum Vitae


2015 - 2015 Community Development Analytics: From Data to Decisions for Boston Main Streets
Boston Main Streets Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Sandeep Jani
2010 - 2014 Collaborative Proposal: Decision Models for Foreclosed Housing Acquisition and Redevelopment
National Science Foundation - 1024968
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Jeffrey Keisler, Senay Solak, David Turcotte
2013 - 2013 Decision Modeling Tool for Vacant Structure Demolition and Redevelopment
The Abell Foundation
Role: UMB subcontract
Colleague(s): Justin Hollander
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present Chair, Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
2016 - Present Co-chair, Planning Committee, Urban Research-Based Action Network, Boston Node
2015 - Present President, National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Boston chapter
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Honors and Awards

  • Honorable mention, Online Innovation Teaching Award, University Conference on Teaching, Learning and Technology, University of Massachusetts Boston, April 25, 2018.
  • 2014 President’s Award, Massachusetts chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.


1993 - 1997 PhD, Northwestern University ‐ Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences
1989 - 1990 M.S., University of California Berkeley ‐ Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
1986 - 1987 M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology ‐ Electrical Engineering
1982 - 1987 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


Articles (20)

Books (9)