Anthony Damiano

PhD Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant

University of Minnesota

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)



My name is Anthony Damiano and I am a PhD candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. I received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School and my undergraduate degree in Political Science at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. I grew up in Iowa City, IA.

I work as a research assistant at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). Before starting my PhD degree, I worked the Community GIS Program at CURA providing GIS technical assistance to local neighborhood organizations and non-profits.

My research interests include housing policy, community-based research, race and inequality. I do mostly quantitative analysis using R, Stata and ArcGIS. I believe the best and most useful research comes through the co-production of knowlege by and with marginalized communities.


  • Housing & Community Development Policy
  • Community-based Research
  • Open Data Science


  • PhD in Public Affairs, 2020 (Expected)

    University of Minnesota

  • Master of Urban & Regional Planning, 2014

    University of Minnesota

  • BA in Political Science, 2010

    Marquette University




Community-based Research



Graduate Research Assistant

Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA) | University of Minnesota

Sep 2015 – Present Minneapolis, MN

Supervisor: Professor Edward Goetz

Activities include:

  • Data analysis and visualization
  • Statistical modeling
  • Public presentations
  • Co-authored The Diversity of Gentrification: Multiple Forms of Gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Research Associate

University of Minnesota

Sep 2014 – Sep 2015 Minneapolis, MN

Split time under Community GIS Coordinator Jeff Matson and Professor Edward Goetz

Activities included:

  • Academic research assistance
  • GIS and community data visualization
  • Began Racially Concentrated Areas of Affluence (RCAA) research
  • Created a model to fund affordable housing using regional high-value residential property


Build Baby Build?: Housing Submarkets and Effects of New Construction on Existing Rents

Exploring the effects of new market-rate construction on existing rents in Minneapolis, MN.

Gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul

A mixed-methods CURA report on Gentrification in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.

Racially Concentrated Areas of Affluence (RCAA)

Studying white affluent segregation in large US metro areas


  • 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN, 55455, United States
  • By Appointment