- Distinguished Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Director and Professor, School of Public Affairs, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Karen Mossberger is Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include urban policy, local governance, and the areas of digital inequality, e-government, and broadband (with an emphasis on the local level and cities). Her two most recent books are Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity (Oxford University Press 2012, with C. Tolbert and W. Franko), and the Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics (2012, with S. Clarke and P. John). A major part of her research concerns place and inequality, including policy solutions for communities that have experienced concentrated poverty and disinvestment. With support from the MacArthur Foundations, she recently completed a multi-year evaluation of the Smart Communities Program, a digital inclusion initiative funded by the federal stimulus program in nine Chicago neighborhoods. Her research on low-income neighborhoods, civic engagement, and partnerships for revitalization has implications for other work in such communities, including around environmental justice and sustainability. Current work on innovative broadband data is funded by the National Science Foundation, and includes collaboration on a project to generate multilevel estimates of broadband adoption and Internet use for all counties in the U.S. and the 50 largest cities from 1997-2012. The project includes a repository for broadband data at ASU. She is also co-editing a volume on the evaluation of the policy impacts of broadband and information technology. A past president of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), she is president of the Information Technology and Politics Section of APSA in 2014-2015.
- PhD, Political Science, Wayne State University, 1996
- MA, Political Science, Wayne State University, 1992
- BA, Honors Political Science, Wayne State University, 1991
Deschine Parkhurst, N., T. L. Morris, E. Tahy and K. Mossberger. 2015. The digiital reality:E-government and access to technology and internet for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Pp. 217-229 Proceedings of the 16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. 16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. (link )