We specialize in analyzing policy questions that most affect urban areas, often using the Charlotte area as our research laboratory. Our Ph.D. students specialize in urban policy, social policy, economic policy, education policy, and environmental policy, just to name a few.
UNC Charlotte, Master of Public Administration, 2011
Research interests lie in economic development and policy history, particularly of the U.S. South.
Chuck's dissertation focuses on migration and economic structure trends in the United States' micropolitan areas. These include urban clusters with populations between 10,000 and 49,999 removed from larger metropolitan areas. Other projects include: 1) Historical research into spatial income divergence in North Carolina counties; 2) An examination of locational decisions of retail liquor outlets in privatized versus public control states; 3) “The Economic and Social Determinants of Local Alcohol Policies,” a quantitative historical analysis of local option alcohol policies in North Carolina counties since the end of nationwide Prohibition in 1933.
Dissertation Title: Economic and Migratory Trends in the Micropolitan United States, 1992-2014
North Carolina Museum of History Graduate Student Essay Award, 2011
“The Conflict over Cocktails: Alcohol Policies and Economic Development in North Carolina, 1965-1980,” North Carolina Historical Review (forthcoming, April 2015).