Gregg Colburn

Gregg Colburn

Assistant Professor

Gregg Colburn is an assistant professor of real estate in the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. In his research, Gregg studies the housing outcomes of households with limited financial resources. This research includes projects focused on the effects of the Housing Choice Voucher program, the seasonality of family homelessness, the prevalence of housing cost burden, and the effects of housing stock expansion. He has published housing research in leading journals such as Urban Studies and Housing Policy Debate. Gregg is actively engaged with policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and housing developers on matters related to housing and homelessness in the Puget Sound region.

Gregg entered academia after spending the first seventeen years of his professional life in the private sector. During this time, Gregg worked as an investment banker and private equity professional for leading firms such as Goldman Sachs and Citadel Investment Group. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Gregg’s additional academic training includes an M.S.W. from the University of Minnesota, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and a B.A. in Economics and Management from Albion College. Gregg enjoys teaching courses in economics and finance at both the graduate and undergraduate level.


Ph.D., Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
M.S.W., University of Minnesota
M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
B.A., Economics and Management, Albion College

Current Teaching

  • Financial Modeling for Real Estate I (MSRE)
  • Introduction to Real Estate Economics & Market Analysis (Graduate)
  • Introduction to Real Estate Finance (Undergraduate)


Journal Papers

“Rent Burden and the Great Recession”, (with Ryan Allen), Urban Studies, forthcoming.

“Seasonal Variation in Family Homeless Shelter Usage”, Housing Policy Debate, 2017, 27:1, 80-97.

“Insights on Professional Identification and Licensure from Community Practice Social Workers”, (with Elizabeth Lightfoot, Mary Nienow, Kaeo Nou Linda Mousa & Alissa Petric), Journal of Community Practice, 2016, 24:2, 123-146.

“Child Protective Services and the Achievement Gap”, (with Kristine Piescher, Traci LaLiberte & Saahoon Hong), Children and Youth Services Review, 2014, 47, 408-415.

“The Federal Commitment to Homelessness Prevention: A Silver Lining of the Economic Crisis”, Poverty & Public Policy, 2014, 6:1, 33-45. 

Selected Current Research Projects

“The Market Position Framework and Complex Causality in the Housing Choice Voucher Program”.

“Housing Market Outcomes of Housing Choice Voucher Recipients”.

“Housing Market Outcomes of Housing Support Recipients in the U.S., the U.K. and the Netherlands”.

“Business Support for Social Policy: The Case of the Minimum Wage”.