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Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning, Michigan State University

Laura A. Reese is Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University, which she joined in the Fall of 2005 as founding Director of GUSP, a research and doctoral initiative focusing on urban affairs and public policy, globalization and urban areas, and comparative urban studies. Previously, Dr. Reese was a member of the graduate urban planning faculty at Wayne State University after teaching in the Master of Public Administration Program in the Department of Political Science at Eastern Michigan University.

Professor Reese’s main research and teaching areas are urban politics and public policy, economic development, and local governance and management in both Canada and the US. She has conducted large-scale evaluations for the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Her research on sub-state economic development programs includes Tax Increment Finance Authorities and Industrial Tax Abatements. She has written several books and numerous articles in these areas, as well as public personnel administration focusing on implementation of sexual harassment policy.


  • –present
    Professor of Political Science and Director, Global Urban Studies Program, Michigan State University