Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
235 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Kathy Quick's research, teaching, and service focus on how managers in public and nonprofit organizations create opportunities for communities to work together productively to address complex public issues. She works in a range of public policy areas, including transportation, environmental management, and urban planning. Through qualitative research, she studies challenges and effective practices for engaging stakeholders with substantially different ways of knowing issues, technical knowledge, perceptions of risk, and preferences for policy and management interventions.
Her transportation-related research includes analyzing public communication gaps regarding policies for local road systems in Minnesota, experimenting with and evaluating different approaches to public participation in county road policy making, and ethnographic analysis of congestion and bicycling coalitions and planning. Quick has also previously researched community perceptions of risk and safety and their implications for public communication and public policy in a range of policy problem areas. In 2014, she began collaborating with American Indian nations in Minnesota to address their concerns about transportation safety and the use of information in transportation planning.
She holds a Ph.D. in planning, policy, and design from the University of California, Irvine, a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Swarthmore College.