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Joanna Lucio

Joanna Lucio

Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


School of Public Affairs
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
411 N Central Ave, Ste 450
Phoenix, AZ 85004-3720


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Joanna Lucio is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University. She has been teaching and conducting research on urban studies for the past 10 years. Her research addresses challenging urban problems that are relevant to contemporary conversations on access to affordable housing and conflict related to racial and economic segregation. Broadly, she seeks to advance critical thinking and empirical evidence about how housing governance and policies encourage or discourage community resilience. Her work examines two important and interconnected topics: (1) how affordable housing and dispersal policies affect the integration of residents in diverse communities and (2) how political incorporation and resident engagement influence the rights and outcomes of vulnerable residents.


  • PhD, Urban and Public Administration, University of Texas-Arlington, 2006
  • MPA, Public Administration, University of Texas-Arlington, 2002
  • BA, Psychology, University of Texas-Austin, 2000


Journal Articles


Lucio, J. D. and E. McFadden. 2017. Leveraging resilience: Evidence from the management of senior low-income housing. The American Review of Public Administration 47(6):661-671. DOI: 10.1177/0275074015616868. (link )


Herbst, C. M. and J. D. Lucio. 2016. Happy in the hood? The impact of residential segregation on self-reported happiness. Journal of Regional Science 56(3):494-521. DOI: 10.1111/jors.12263. (link )

Lucio, J. D. 2016. Public administrators and noncitizens. Administration & Society 48(7):831-850. DOI: 10.1177/0095399713509246. (link )

Lucio, J., A. Jefferson and L. Peck. 2016. Dreaming the impossible dream: Low-income families and their hopes for the future. Journal of Poverty 20(4):359-379. DOI: 10.1080/10875549.2015.1094772. (link )

Pfeiffer, D. and J. D. Lucio. 2016. Section 8 renters in the Phoenix, Arizona, foreclosure crisis: Implications for poverty deconcentration. Housing Policy Debate 26(2):362-379. DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2015.1091367. (link )


Pfeiffer, D. and J. D. Lucio. 2015. An unexpected geography of opportunity in the wake of the foreclosure crisis: Low-income renters in investor-purchased foreclosures in Phoenix, Arizona. Urban Geography 36(8):1197-1220. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1053201. (link )


Lucio, J., L. Hand and F. Marsiglia. 2014. Designing hope: Rationales of mixed-income housing policy. Journal of Urban Affairs 36(5):891-904. DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12090. (link )

McFadden, E. S. and J. Lucio. 2014. Aging in (privatized) places: Subsidized housing policy and seniors. Journal of Housing for the Elderly 28(3):268-287. DOI: 10.1080/02763893.2014.930364. (link )


Lucio, J. D., J. C. Auer and E. W. Johnston. 2013. Neighborhood diversity: Framework for municipalities. State and Local Government Review 45(1):48-56. DOI: 10.1177/0160323X12471955. (link )


Lucio, J. and W. Wolfersteig. 2012. Political and social incorporation of public housing residents: Challenges in HOPE VI community development. Community Development 43(4):479-491. DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2012.714392. (link )

Peck, L. R., Y. Kim and J. D. Lucio. 2012. An empirical examination of validity in evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation 33(3):350-365. DOI: 10.1177/1098214012439929. (link )


Lucio, J. D., E. E. Ramirez de la Cruz and S. C. Denham. 2011. Liberty for whom? The impact of gated communities on urban spaces [¿Libertad para quién? El efecto de comunidades cerradas en el espacio urbano]. Gestion y Poltica Publica 20(2):459-484.


Duke-Lucio, J., L. R. Peck and E. A. Segal. 2010. The latent and sequential costs of being poor: An exploration of housing. Poverty & Public Policy 2(2):83-102. DOI: 10.2202/1944-2858.1042. (link )

Duke, J. 2010. Exploring homeowner opposition to public housing developments. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare 37(1):Art. 4. (link )

Lucio, J. and E. Barrett. 2010. Community lost and found: Satisfaction and collective efficacy among relocated public housing residents. Journal of Poverty 14(4):403-422. DOI: 10.1080/10875549.2010.517077. (link )


Duke, J. 2009. Mixed income housing policy and public housing residents' 'right to the city'. Critical Social Policy 29(1):100-120. DOI: 10.1177/0261018308098396. (link )

Lucio, J. 2009. Customers, citizens, and residents: The semantics of public service recipients. Administration & Society 41(7):878-899. DOI: 0.1177/0095399709344056. (link )