Student
Nicholas Kelly

Nicholas Kelly is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. His research focuses on affordable housing and public policy, with a particular focus on segregation and urban politics.

Nicholas has published worked on the HOPE VI program in Housing Policy Debate, as well as two articles in that journal providing the first systematic evaluation of the initial impact of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. He also also published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

In addition to this work, Nick has helped write an amicus brief for the Supreme Court in Bank of America et al. v City of Miami, is the co-founder of MIT's Furthering Fair Housing project and co-ran MIT's Fair Housing Symposium on HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, and has contributed to the Furman Center's Dream Revisited Blog. He serves as a Housing Opportunities Research Fellow at the Boston Housing Authority, and also worked as a research fellow at New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development. 

Prior to MIT, Nicholas studied at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he received a Master in Public Affairs. Nick has also worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, as an aide for Senator 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