Kirk McClure, Professor Kirk McClure, PhD

Primary office:
Snow Hall
University of Kansas
1460 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS

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

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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.


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., 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 NeedHousing Policy Debate26(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. Cityscape18(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 Affairs37(5), 651-653. DOI:10.1111/juaf.12124

McClure, K., & Johnson, B. (2015). Housing Programs Fail to Deliver on Neighborhood Quality, Reexamined. Housing Policy Debate25(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 Association81(3), 233-234.DOI:10.1080/01944363.2015.1077087

McClure, K., Schwartz, A. F, & Taghavi, L. (2015). Housing Choice Voucher Location Patterns a Decade Later. Housing Policy Debate25(2), 208-214. DOI:10.1080/10511482.2014.921223

Selected Grants

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.

Selected Awards & Honors

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.

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Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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