Charles McShane

Public Policy Program


UNC Charlotte, Master of Public Administration, 2011

Research Interest:

Urban policy, regional economic development, land use

Ph.D. Expected:


Current Research: 
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 Prosperity, Population Growth and Local Spending in America's Micropolitan Areas, 2002-2014
  • North Carolina Museum of History Graduate Student Essay Award, 2011
Peer-Reviewed Publication:
  • “The Conflict over Cocktails: Alcohol Policies and Economic Development in North Carolina, 1965-1980,” North Carolina Historical Review (forthcoming, April 2015).
Selected Trade Press and Magazine Publications: