Renee Tapp, Ph.D.
Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Urban Planning and Policy
Renee Tapp is an Urban Studies Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies the political economy of housing and real estate in the United States. Her current projects look at (1) the impact of institutional real estate investment and the formation of monopolies in rental housing markets; (2) changes to the ownership and management of government real property and new state property regimes; and (3) municipal housing bondholders and the relationship between public and private finance (with Rachel Weber).
Her work is published in a range of Urban Planning and Geography journals including Antipode; City; Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space; Geoforum; and Urban Geography. The National Science Foundation, Urban Studies Foundation, Harvard University Real Estate Research Grant program and the Government Finance Research Center at UIC have funded her research.
Prior to joining UIC, she was the 2018-2019 Pollman Fellow in Real Estate and Urban Development and Lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She teaches courses on real estate finance and economics. Renee completed her PhD in Geography at Clark University in 2018.
Clark University, Ph.D., Graduate School of Geography, 2018
Temple University, M.A., Geography and Urban Studies, 2010
Butler University, B.A., International Affairs, 2005