Gregg Colburn

Gregg Colburn

Associate Professor, Runstad Department of Real Estate

Gregg Colburn is an associate professor in the Runstad Department of Real Estate in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. He publishes research on topics related to housing and homelessness and is co-author of the book, Homelessness is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns (University of California Press). His research has been featured in leading media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist, Bloomberg, and National Public Radio.

Gregg holds a B.A. from Albion College, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, and a M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Prior to academia, he worked as an investment banker and private equity professional. At the University of Washington, Gregg teaches classes in housing, urban economics, and finance. Gregg serves as co-chair of the University of Washington’s Homelessness Research Initiative and is a member of the National Alliance to End Homelessness Research Council.






Colburn, G., Hess, C., Allen, R., & Crowder, K. (2024). The dynamics of housing cost burden among renters in the United States. Journal of Urban Affairs, 1–20. View Publication


Colburn, G., & Page Aldern, C. (2022). Homelessness is a Housing Problem. University Of California Press. View Publication

Acolin, Arthur; Colburn, Gregg; Walter, Rebecca J. (2022). How Do Single-family Homeowners Value Residential And Commercial Density? It Depends. Land Use Policy, 113. View Publication

Hess, Chris; Colburn, Gregg; Crowder, Kyle; Allen, Ryan. (2022). Racial Disparity in Exposure to Housing Cost Burden in the United States: 1980-2017. Housing Studies, 37(10), 1821-1841. View Publication


Colburn, Gregg. (2021). The Use Of Markets In Housing Policy: A Comparative Analysis Of Housing Subsidy Programs. Housing Studies, 36(1), 46 - 79. View Publication


Hess, Chris; Colburn, Gregg; Crowder, Kyle; Allen, Ryan. (2020). Racial Disparity In Exposure To Housing Cost Burden In The United States: 1980–2017. Housing Studies. View Publication


Colburn, Gregg. (2019). The Effect Of Market Conditions On The Housing Outcomes Of Subsidized Households: The Case Of The Us Voucher Programme. Housing Studies, 34(9), 1465 - 1484. View Publication