Professor Kirk McClure, Ph.D.

Primary office:

McClure teaches and conducts research in the area of housing policy with an emphasis on affordable housing.


Teach courses in housing policy and housing market behavior, real estate investment analysis for planners, community and neighborhood revitalization, and quantitative research methods for planners.

Teaching Interests

  • Housing policy
  • Real estate investment analysis
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Quantitative methods


Primary interests are in the areas of housing and real estate development. Areas of emphasis include: housing policy, affordable housing, poverty deconcentration, housing market analysis, Housing Choice Voucher program, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program

Research Interests

  • Housing policy
  • Affordable housing, poverty deconcentration
  • Housing market analysis
  • Housing Choice Voucher program
  • Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program


McClure serves on the editorial boards of the journals: Housing Policy Debate, Housing Studies, and the Journal of Planning Education and Research.


American Planning Association
Urban Affairs Association
Urban Land Institute

Selected Publications

McClure, K. (in press). Length of Stay in Assisted Housing. Cityscape.

McClure, K. (in press). The Allocation of Rental Assistance Resources: The Paradox of High Housing Costs and High Vacancy Rates The International Journal of Housing Policy.

McClure, K. Gurran, N. & Bramley, G. (2017). Planning, Housing Supply and Affordable Development in the USA. In N. Gurran & G. Bramley (Eds.), Urban Planning and the Housing Market: International Perspectives for Policy and Practice (pp. 165-200). Palgrave McMillan.

McClure, K. (2017). The Future of Housing Policy: Fungibility of rental Housing Programs to Better Fit With Market Need. Housing Policy Debate, 26(3), 486-489. Routledge Taylor & Franxcis. DOI:10.1080/10511482.2017.1298212

Schwartz, A. F., McClure, K. & Taghavi, L. B. (2016). Vouchers and Neighborhood Distress: The Unrealized Potential for Families with Housing Choice Vouchers to Reside in Neighborhoods with Low Levels of Distress. Cityscape, 18(3), 207-227.

McClure, K. (Ed.). (2015). A Review of "The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy" by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley Journal of Urban Affairs, 37(5), 651-653. DOI:10.1111/juaf.12124

McClure, K. & Johnson, B. J. (2015). Housing Programs Fail to Deliver on Neighborhood Quality, Reexamined. Housing Policy Debate, 25(3), 463-496. DOI:10.1080/10511482.2014.944201

McClure, K. (2015). Comment on "What is a 'Great' Neighborhood? An Analysis of APA's Top Rated Places". Journal of the American Planning Association, 81(3), 233-234. DOI:10.1080/01944363.2015.1077087

McClure, K. Schwarz, A. F., & Taghavi, L. (2015). Housing Choice Voucher Location Patterns a Decade Later. Housing Policy Debate, 25(2), 208-214. DOI:10.1080/10511482.2014.921223

Selected Grants

McClure, Kirk, (Participant), Presentations at the Festival of Urbanism at the University of Sydney, 2014, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, $7,500 ({ }), (10/01/2014 - 11/30/2014) . Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded.


B.Arch., University of Kansas, 1973;
B.A., Urban Studies, University of Kansas, 1974;
M.C.P, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1978;
Ph.D., City Planning, University of California Berkeley.

Recent Publications

Housing Programs Fail to Deliver on Neighborhood Quality Re-examined with Bonnie Johnson.  Housing Policy Debate forthcoming.

Housing Choice Voucher Location Patterns a Decade Later with Alex Schwartz and Lydia Taghavi. Housing Policy Debate 25(2): 208-214, 2015.

Which Metropolitan Areas Work Best for Poverty Deconcentration with Housing Choice Vouchers. Cityscape 15(3):209-236, 2013.

Reducing Worst Case Housing Needs with Assisted Housing. Cityscape 14(3):189-194, 2012.

The Prospects for Guiding Housing Choice Voucher Households to High-Opportunity Neighborhoods. Cityscape 12(3): 101-122, 2010.

Rethinking Federal Housing Policy.  With John Landis. Journal of the American Planning Association 76(3): 319-348, 2010.

Are Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments locating where there is a shortage of affordable units? Housing Policy Debate 20(2): 153–171, 2010.

Deconcentrating Poverty with Housing Programs. Journal of the American Planning Association 74(1): 90-99, 2008.

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program Goes Mainstream and Moves to the Suburbs. Housing Policy Debate 17(3): 419-446, 2006.

Comments on Victoria Basolo and Mai Nguyen’s, ‘Does Mobility Matter?’ Housing Policy Debate 16(3 & 4):347-359, 2005. 

Rent Burden in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Cityscape 8(2): 5-20, 2005.

Deconcentrating Poverty through Homebuyer Finance Programs. Journal of Urban Affairs 27(3): 211-233, 2005.


School of Architecture, Design and Planning Research Impact Award.
University of Kansas, 2013.

Honorable Mention, Housing Policy Debate competition for Best Paper in Housing
Presented at the 2012 Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Scholar in Residence, 2011, Office of Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C.

Urban Affairs Association Best Conference Paper Award 2004,
Presented at the Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association.

Fannie Mae Foundation Award for Best Research in Housing 2002,
Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Fannie Mae Foundation Award for Best Research in Housing 1997,
Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Jack and Nancy Bradley Award for Excellence in Teaching,
School of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Kansas, 1997.


  • Member of the Board of Editors for Housing Policy Debate
  • Member of the Board of Editors for Housing Studies.
  • Member of the Board of Editors for Journal of Planning Education and Research.


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