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Jason Reece, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Graduate Chair, City and Regional Planning Section
289 Knowlton Hall

Jason Reece is an assistant professor of city and regional planning at the Knowlton School. His research, teaching and professional experience focuses on social equity in city planning, fair housing, health equity and asset-based community development.

Reece has acted as an advisor and capacity builder to foundations, non-profits, community organizations and government agencies. He has managed more than $10 million in research initiatives and contributed to more than 110 scholarly or technical publications. His work has been featured in 41 media publications and was an invited guest speaker to more than 300 professional engagements. Reece has worked with partner organizations in more than 30 states in the US and acted as a capacity builder for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Sustainable Communities Initiative for four years. He currently is President of the Board of Directors for the Parsons Avenue Community Development Corporation.

Reece was formerly the senior associate director and director of research for the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He established the opportunity communities program at the Institute, developed the opportunity mapping methodology and established the Institute’s health equity program.


CRPLAN 2100: Reading the City through History and Law 
CRPLAN 3500: The Socially Just City 
CRPLAN 3510: Murder by Design 
CRPLAN 6300: Law and Planning I: Land Use 
CRPLAN 6930: Neighborhood Planning Studio 
CRPLAN 7100: City & Regional Planning Theory 

Recent Work

Planning for Equity & Trauma Informed Community Development

Dr. Reece assisted in the design, implementation and evaluation of the More than My Brothers Keeper/I Am My Brothers Keeper (I AM MBK) initiative in the Columbus South Side neighborhood. I AM MBK is a trauma informed community development effort, which focuses on leveraging locally community assets to empower and provide opportunity to boys of color on the South Side. 

Selected Publications

Jason Reece. The Geography of Opportunity. Forthcoming in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies. Ed. Anthony M. Orum. Wiley-Blackwell. Oxford, UK. 2019. 

Kelly Kelleher,Kelly. Reece, Jason and Sandel, Megan. (September 2018) The Healthy Neighborhood, Healthy Families Initiative. Pediatrics 142 (3) e20180261; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-0261


Reece, J. W. (January 01, 2018). In Pursuit of a Twenty-first Century Just City: The Evolution of Equity Planning Theory and Practice. Journal of Planning Literature.


Gough, M.Z. & Reece, J.W. The Impact of the Sustainable Communities Initiative on Engagement and Collaboration in Planning: Experiences From Four US Regions. Cityscape: Journal of the Office of Planning, Development and Research in U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. 19: 3. 115-134. (September) 2017.