Nicholas Kelly

I am a researcher, policymaker, and advocate working on public policy and housing policy, with a particular focus on fair housing and urban politics. In my research, I develop and evaluate new policy tools to address racial inequality in housing. Please visit my personal website,, for the most updated information on my work. 

I received my PhD in Public Policy and Urban Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. I currently serve as a Senior Fellow at the Boston Housing Authority as well as a consultant and advocate on housing issues in Greater Boston and around the country.

Previously, I worked as a research fellow at New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Prior to MIT, I studied at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs where I received a Master in Public Affairs. I have also worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, as an aide for Senators Charles Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, and at the National Economic Council at the White House.

Areas of Interest
Community Development, Government, History and Theory of Planning, Housing, Land Use Law and Planning, Law and Policy, Social Equity, Transportation and Mobility, Urban Finance, Management, and Urban Economics, Urban Information, Technology, and Media and Analytics