Faculty and Staff

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Michael Eriksen

Interim Director, UC Real Estate Center, Associate Professor of Real Estate


Michael Eriksen is an Associate Professor of Real Estate at the University of Cincinnati and Interim Director of the UC Real Estate Center. He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Biology from Gonzaga University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Georgia and Texas Tech University. 

Dr. Eriksen’s research focuses on low-income housing markets, and he has worked on projects concerning the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, housing vouchers, home safety modifications, and homeownership assistance grants.  That research has appeared in the Journal of Public Economics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Urban Economics, and Real Estate Economics. His work on fall prevention among the elderly won the 2014 Best Paper on Senior Housing Award sponsored by the National Investment Center for Senior Housing. 

Michael is currently on the Board of Directors of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) and Co-Chair of the Association’s 2019 and 2010 National Conference. He has also received financial support for his research from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. His research has also been featured or referenced in the Wall Street Journal, Frontline, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Money Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Moneywatch. He has also presented his research at the Congressional Budget Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Government Accountability Office, Urban Institute, American Enterprise Institute, AARP Foundation, and Fannie Mae.  

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Megan Meyer

Associate Center Director, Adjunct Professor


Megan Meyer is the Associate Director of the University of Cincinnati Real Estate Center and an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate. As the Associate Director, Megan is responsible for managing and directing program promotion and development; community, alumni, and business relations; educational enrichment; and student recruitment/placement. Megan also teaches a Real Estate Principles Course in the Lindner College of Business.

Megan has gained expertise in data/policy analysis as well as innovative financing solutions for real estate development projects in Cincinnati at a time of peak population and investment growth. Prior to joining the Center, Megan was the Special Assistant to the Director of the City of Cincinnati Department of Community and Economic Development. Megan provided complex advisement to the Director running a $46 million department in a fast-paced, high-stakes, deal making environment. Along with providing support and oversight to over 75 staff members, Megan enhanced DCED’s reputation by cultivating and sustaining C-Suite level relationships with internal and external stakeholders.Replace this text component with your accordion's content.

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Edward L. Hudson

Adjunct Instructor

Edward Hudson currently works in a Team creating alternate sources of revenue out of the Company’s real estate holdings as well as new lines of business particularly in customer transportation. Between 2013 and 2019 Ed served as Senior Director of Corporate Research with offices in Portland, Oregon and Cincinnati, Ohio. He supervised a staff engaged in market research and analytics. Prior to Corporate Research, he served as a Senior Director of Loyalty and Insights for Kroger until 2013.  

Ed joined Kroger in 1979 as a Real Estate Attorney. Since 1984 he’s held Real Estate positions, including Senior Real Estate Manager, for Kroger’s Nashville, Columbus and Michigan divisions, and Director of Real Estate for Ralphs and Food 4 Less in Los Angeles, California. Ed joined the Corporate Real Estate Office in 2008 before being transferred to the Loyalty Department in 2010.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Lindner College of Business at the University teaching Real Estate Development and Real Estate Law.

Ed is currently a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the UC Economics Center and a Board Member for the ICSC’s North American Research Task Force and received the BH Kroger Award for Community Service. Last Fall he appeared at the LA Auto Show as a featured panelist.

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Melissa S. Johnson

Adjunct Instructor

Melissa Johnson is an economic development and urban real estate specialist with a 22-year track record of public-sector leadership in improving land assets for redevelopment and the attraction of private investment. She is responsible for defining and executing The Port’s Industrial Revitalization Strategy, a key component of its board-driven Strategic Vision 2022. Under this strategy, The Port is working to acquire and facilitate the redevelopment of 500-acres of urban industrial property that will attract advanced manufacturing operations and create jobs. With a focus on brownfield redevelopment and environmental stewardship of strategic real estate, Melissa works with manufacturing companies and regional economic development partners to ready sites for development including assemblage, demolition, remediation, and site certification.

She is responsible for driving large-scale regeneration of industrial sites to attract next-generation manufacturing to Hamilton County, coordinating incentive packages with regional partners, and managing The Port’s Patient Capital Note program, a site reclamation fund seeded by private social impact investment. Melissa coordinates the promotion of assets for targeted industry clusters, including aerospace, polymers, automotive, and food processing.

Melissa has worked as a member of The Port’s development finance team, where she marketed The Port’s public finance programs and technical assistance services to real estate developers, brokers, accounting firms, incentives consultants, municipalities and other key economic development corporations to identify and vet suitable projects. Melissa serves as program director for the Greater Cincinnati Foreign Trade Zone (GCFTZ), the federal grantee of Zones 46 & 47 in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Melissa is a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class 42, the Urban Land Institute, CREW Greater Cincinnati, the UC Real Estate Roundtable, and is a member of the Business Courier’s 2015 Forty Under 40 class. She serves on the boards of NAIOP Cincinnati, the European American Chamber of Commerce, the Southwest Ohio Workforce Investment Board, and is an adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati teaching real estate.

Melissa holds a BA in Urban and Regional Planning and a BA in Geography from Miami University. She has also earned certification as a project manager through Xavier’s Leadership Center and is an adjunct instructor of Real Estate Principles at the University of Cincinnati.

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Lydia Jacobs-Horton

Adjunct Instructor

Lydia serves as Adjunct Professor of Real Estate at the University of Cincinnati where she is leading future professionals to global recognition. Lydia also leads the Urban Land Institute Cincinnati where she leverages a diverse group of land use and development experts to positively impact the built environment. Her prior global and executive roles at Procter & Gamble encompassed real estate, operations outsourcing, risk management, construction and capital planning. Lydia is attuned to the challenges of stable and emerging business environments. She is an advisor, sits on several private company boards and the Executive Committee of the Cincinnati Ballet. Lydia is a graduate of University of Cincinnati with an MBA, Finance & Real Estate and BS, Structural Engineering.

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Jessica Lee

Assistant Director, Lindner Career Services


Jessica is the Lindner Career Services advisor to Real Estate students. She works directly with employers to help source students to fit their talent needs. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati, she worked at Miami University and Wright State University, where she instructed career success classes, helped students secure internships, co-ops, and full-time employment, and developed relationships with employers. She completed her master’s degree at Bowling Green State University in College Student Personnel. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Political Science and Communication. 

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Jeanne Harmeyer

Executive Staff Assistant