Gregg Colburn

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.


Ph.D. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

M.S.W. University of Minnesota

M.B.A. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

B.A. Albion College

Current Teaching:

Advanced Housing Studies (Graduate)

Affordable Housing (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Financial Modeling for Real Estate (Graduate)

Introduction to Real Estate Economics and Market Analysis (Undergraduate)