Nancy Augustine

Nancy Augustine
Professorial Lecturer
Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Urban policy
State and local governance
Community and economic development

Nancy Augustine has taught at the Trachtenberg School since 2006, shortly after completing her PhD here.

Dr. Augustine's teaching and research are informed by more than 25 years of experience in various aspects of local government policy formation, research, implementation and evaluation, including more than ten years of experience as an urban planner at the local government level. In recent years, she has worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Conference of State Legislatures and Economic Systems, Inc.  


PhD, Public Policy and Administration, The George Washington University
MA, Economics, Georgetown University
MA, Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia
BA, Economics, The George Washington University


Selected Publications

"Regional Economic Capacity, Economic Shocks, and Economic Resilience," with Harold Wolman, Howard Wial, and Mara McMillen. Presented at the Building Resilient Regions Closing Symposium (May 31, 2013).
"On-Demand Shared-Ride Systems," with Patricia S. Atkins. Presented at the 2013  APA National Planning Conference Chicago (April 17, 2013). 

"Trillion Dollar Gap," Pew Center on the States, 2010.

"Ingredients for Successful and Vibrant Cities," Report to CEOs for Cities, June 16th, 2008. Co-authored with Pamela Blumenthal, Hal Wolman, and Edward (Ned) Hill.

Erosion of the Property Tax Base: Trends, Causes, and Consequences (editor), with Michael E. Bell (Editor), Joan M. Youngman (Editor), David Brunori (Editor). Cambridge: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009.

The Influence of "Neighborhood Poverty During Childhood on Fertility, Education, and Earnings Outcomes," Housing Studies, 22:5, 723 – 751. Co-authored with George Galster, Dave E. Marcotte, Marv Mandell,  and Hal Wolman, (2007) This research was  supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

"The Impact of Parental Homeownership on Children's Outcomes during Early Adulthood"   Housing Policy Debate, 2007, 18:4, 785-827. Co-authored with George Galster, Dave E. Marcotte, Marv Mandell,  and Hal Wolman, (2007) This research was  supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation.

“Enterprise Zones and Property Values: What We Know (Or Maybe Don’t),” with Prof. Joseph J. Cordes (The George Washington University). Published in conference proceedings, as well as State Tax Notes, April, 2002.

Personal Interests

Nancy grew up in the D.C. area and often finds excuses in her urban policy classes to talk about the way things used to be. Through high school, she lived in Takoma Park; and is about to move back into her childhood home, where she can walk and take public transportation to her heart's content. 

Classes Taught

PPPA 6001  Introduction to Public Service and Administration
PPPA 6002  Research Methods and Applied Statistics
PPPA 6008  MPA/MPP Capstone
PPPA 6009  MPA Capstone
PPPA 6042  Managing State and Local Government
PPPA 6043/GEOG 6207  Land Use Planning and Community Development
PPPA 6049  Urban and Regional Policy Analysis