devin michelle bunten

devin michelle bunten is a teacher, writer, and urban economic theorist. Her research uses economic theory and empirical tools to study a range of urban topics, including gentrification and neighborhood change, restrictive zoning, and the white supremacy at the root of American housing. In addition to her own research, she teaches courses on Housing and Social Stratification as well as Microeconomics and Planning Economics (11.203/11.202).

Previously, she was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC and completed a PhD (UCLA, 2016) and an MA (Colorado State, 2010) in economics. Her BA (University of Colorado-Denver, 2005) was in film studies. She also helped co-found the group Abundant Housing Los Angeles to organize for more housing production in the LA region.

Areas of Interest
Climate Change, Community Development, Economic Development, Education, Feminism, Gender Studies, Government, History and Theory of Planning, Housing, Social Equity, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Urban Finance, Management, and Urban Economics


2010 - 2016
PhD in Economics, UCLA
2008 - 2010
MA in Economics, Colorado State
2003 - 2005
BA in English|Film Studies, University of Colorado—Denver