Matthew Drennan came to Cornell in 1991 as a visiting professor from the NYU Wagner School, where he was a tenured professor. In 1995 he was appointed professor with tenure for city and regional planning at Cornell. He served as director of graduate studies for urban planning, 2001–04, and for regional science from 1997–04. Drennan is retired from Cornell and was granted emeritus professor status in CRP at the end of the 2005–06 academic year.
Drennan received his degrees in economics, including a B.S. from the University of Detroit, M.A. from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. from New York University
- "Measuring Urban Agglomeration Economies with Office Rents," with Hugh Kelly, Journal of Economic Geography (2010)
- "Falling Behind: California’s Interior Metropolitan Areas," with Michael Manville, Berkeley Planning Journal (2008)
- "The Economic Cost of Disasters: Permanent or Ephemeral?" Economic Costs and Consequences of Terrorism, eds. Peter Gordon and Harry Richardson, Edward Elgar (2007)