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Janet Li

Ph.D. candidate, PLanning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG)

Janet Li is a PhD student in Planning, Governance, and Globalization based at the Arlington campus. By day, she works as an economist in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow for the Internal Revenue Service.
Janet is part of the Disaster Resilience and Risk Management Doctoral Program and the UrbComp NSF Research Traineeship Program. She completed a Master of Planning and Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Affairs and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Janet loves biking, walking, volunteering, the Internet, and talking with strangers.

Research Interests

  • Housing
  • Federal rulemaking
  • Policy implementation
  • Climate change
  • Risk and Behavior
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Disaster recovery
  • Basic Income
  • Community development


  • Li, J., Duckworth, R., & Yost, E. (2022). A Typology of Opportunity Zones Based on Potential Housing Investments and Community Outcomes. Cityscape, 24(1), 77-116.
  • McFarlane, A., Li, J., & Hollar, M. (2021). Building Codes: What Are They Good for? Cityscape, 23(1), 101-132.
  • Bryant, V., Collins, B., Li, J., Miller, A., Orlett, S., Turk, A., & Wind, T. (2019). Underpayment of Estimated Tax: Understanding the Individual Penalized Taxpayer Population. The IRS Research Bulletin.¬†Proceedings of the 2019 IRS/TPC Research Conference.¬†