Karen Mossberger

Karen Mossberger (ex officio)

Ex Officio Members

Karen Mossberger is Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.  Her research interests include local governance, urban policy, digital inequality, evaluation of broadband programs and e-government.  Her most recent books are Digital Cities:  The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity (Oxford University Press 2012, with C. Tolbert and W. Franko), as well as the Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics(2012, with S. Clarke and P. John), which includes contributions from around the globe.  Previous books include Digital Citizenship:  The Internet, Society and Participation (Mossberger, Tolbert and McNeal 2008, MIT Press) Virtual Inequality:  Beyond the Digital Divide (Mossberger, Tolbert and Stansbury 2003, Georgetown University Press), and The Politics of Ideas and the Spread of Enterprise Zones (2000, Georgetown University Press).  “Race, Place, and Information Technology” won the best paper award for the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association in 2005.

With support from the MacArthur Foundation, Mossberger is currently evaluating the Smart Communities Program, a digital inclusion initiative in five Chicago neighborhoods, and conducting citywide studies to track changes in technology use across Chicago’s community areas.  She is working on an edited volume on the evaluation of the policy impacts of broadband, as well as research on local government use of social media and open data.  Recent talks have included the Federal Communications Commission Broadband Summit in Washington, D.C. and a keynote speech for the European Urban Research Association conference at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Chicago Community Trust, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, among others.  She was also the 2009-2010 President of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.