Assistant Professor

Jake completed his doctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, with a dissertation entitled "'We Just Built It:' Code Enforcement, Local Politics, and the Informal Housing Market in Southeast Los Angeles County." His research lies at the nexus of housing, real estate development, and planning. He has published research on the racialized restructuring of metropolitan space, microhousing infill, and the measurement of affordable rental housing cost efficiency in Urban Geography, Journal of Urbanism, and Housing Policy Debate.     


  • PhD, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley (2014)
  • MCP/MSRED, Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Center for Real Estate, MIT (2006)
  • MS, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder (2000)
  • BA, Computer Science, Dartmouth College (1997)


(10) Wegmann, Jake, and Junfeng Jiao. “Taming Airbnb: Toward Guiding Principles for Local Regulation of Urban Vacation Rentals Based on Empirical Results from Five US Cities.” Land Use Policy, 69(2017), 494-501.
(9) Wegmann, Jake and Sarah Mawhorter. “Measuring Informal Housing Production in California Cities.” Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA), 83(2), 119-130.
(8) Wegmann, Jake and Jonathan Pacheco Bell. “The Invisibility of Code Enforcement in Planning Praxis: The Case of Informal Housing in Southern California.” Focus: The Journal of Planning Practice and Education (California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo), 13(1), 20-29.
(7) Durst, Noah J. and Wegmann, Jake. “Informal Housing in the United States.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41: 282–297. doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12444
(6) Wegmann, Jake, Alex Schafran, and Deirdre Pfeiffer. 2017. "Breaking the Double Impasse: Securing and Supporting Diverse Housing Tenures in the United States." Housing Policy Debate 27.2: 193-216.
(5) Wegmann, Jake and Karen Christensen. 2016. “Subsidized Rental Housing in the United States: What We Know and What We Need to Learn in Three Themes.” Planning Forum (University of Texas at Austin) Vol. 17, 55-74.
(4) Wegmann, Jake. 2015. “Research Notes: The Hidden Cityscapes of Informal Housing in Suburban Los Angeles and the Paradox of Horizontal Density.” Buildings and Landscapes 22(2): 89-110.  
(3) Wegmann, Jake. 2014. "Measuring What Matters: A Call for a Meaningful Metric of Affordable Rental Housing Production Cost-Efficiency." Housing Policy Debate 24(4): 692-716.
(2) Wegmann, Jake, and Karen Chapple. 2014. “Hidden Density in Single-Family Neighborhoods: Backyard Cottages as an Equitable Smart Growth Strategy.” Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability 7(3): 307-329.
(1) Schafran, Alex, and Jake Wegmann. 2012. "Restructuring, Race, and Real Estate: Changing Home Values and the New California Metropolis, 1989-2010." Urban Geography 33(5): 630-654.
Cormen, Thomas H., Jake Wegmann and David M. Nicol. “Multiprocessor Out-of-Core FFTs with Distributed Memory and Parallel Disks.” Fifth Workshop on I/O in Parallel and Distributed Systems (IOPADS ’97), November 1997, pp. 68–78.
Jiao, Junfeng and Jake Wegmann, “Urban Vacation Rentals and the Housing Market: Boon or Bust (or Both) in the Millennial City?” In Markus Moos, Tara Vinodrai and Deirdre Pfeiffer (Eds.), The Millennial City: Trends, Implications, and Prospects for Urban Planning and Policy, p. 167-180. New York: Routledge.

  • Housing affordability
  • Housing development
  • Land use regulation
  • Informal housing
  • Urban form
SUT 3.118
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