Head shot of Kathy Quick
Associate Professor
240 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Leadership and Management Area
Areas of Expertise
Public management; policy and program implementation; urban and regional planning; civic engagement and public participation; collaborative governance; local government


    Kathy Quick is an academic co-director of the university-wide Center for Integrative Leadership and former chair of the Humphrey School’s management and leadership area.

    Dr. Quick’s focus is bringing together people with diverse perspectives to work on high-stakes, complex, and often contentious public policy problems. Since 2016, she has centered her work on how different people define and experience public safety. Her research has included collaborating with tribal governments on roadway safety in reservations, partnering with government and nonprofit organizations to problematize and try to improve community relationships with police and other first responders, coediting a special issue of Public Management Review on what public management can learn from studies of policing, and co-founding an international study group on policing.

    Dr. Quick utilizes ethnographic methods to identify practices and processes that improve or impede equity and inclusion. By studying practitioners  doing their work, she gleans insights to share with graduate students and community partners working to build their civic engagement skills and strengthen democracy. She also continually hones her own craft by practicing what she studies and teaches, for example by facilitating the Falcon Heights Task Force on Policing and Inclusion and cochairing the University of Minnesota's MSafe Committee on campus policing.

    Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Dr. Quick worked as an environmental advocate and policy analyst in Indonesia for eight years and as a community development manager for two California cities for six years. She holds a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of California, Irvine, which recognized Dr. Quick as one of their top 50 graduate student alumni from the first fifty years of the university.


    PhD in Planning, Policy, and Design (University of California, Irvine, 2010)

    MCP in City Planning (University of California, Berkeley, 2002)

    BS in Biology (Swarthmore College, 1991)

    Zhang, C., & Quick, K. S. (2024). Political Trust on the Move: Chinese Rural-to-Urban Migrants’ Trust in Local Government, Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 151 (August 2024), 105135

    Quick, K. S. (2024). (De)Centering Whiteness through Community Dialogues about Safety Problems and Solutions, Public Administration Review, 84(3), 465-483

    Laird, V., Quick, K. S. & Shaver, M. (2024). Cross-sector initiatives should start small, Stanford Social Innovation Review, 22(1), 46-53

    Hartley, J., Ongaro, E., Quick, K. S. & Schröter, E. (2023). Public Management and Policing: A Dialectical Inquiry, Public Management Review, 25(9), 1711-1729

    Schröter, E., Quick, K. S., Ongaro, E. & Hartley, J. (2023). Insights into public management from policing: Introduction to the special issue of Public Management Review, Public Management Review, 25(9), 1633-1639

    Quick, K. S. (2022). Just Talk: The Promise and Peril of Dialogues about Whiteness, Planning Theory and Practice, 23(3), 425-458

    Quick, K. S. & Bryson, J. S. (2022). Theories of Public Participation in Governance. In Handbook on Theories of Governance, 2nd edition 158-168). Edward Elgar: Northampton, MA United States

    Quick, K. S. (2021). Tribal sovereignty and the limits and potential of inter-governmental collaboration. In 253-267). Edward Elgar Publishing:

    Quick, K. S. (2021). The Narrative Production of Stakeholder Engagement Processes, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 41(3), 326-341

    Lemmie, V., Quick, K. S. & Williams, B. N. (2021). Citizen-Led Efforts to Create Safe Communities: Diversity, Dialogues, and Directions for Moving Forward, National Civic Review, 110(1), 6-15

    Cira, T., Quick, K. & Venette, R. C. (2019). Watch your language! The consequences of linguistic uncertainty for insect management, American Entomologist, 65(4 (Winter 2019)), 258–267

    Quick, K. S. (2019). An American’s reflections on Skeffington’s relevance at 50, Planning Theory and Practice, 20(5), 1-25

    Narvaez, G. E., Dufour, S. & Quick, K. S. (in press). Emergency Medical Services in American Indian reservations and communities: results of a national survey, Indian Health Service Primary Care Provider,

    Narvaez, G. E. & Quick, K. S. (in press). Pedestrian safety: A critical, distinctive, and under-recognized priority for reducing roadway injuries in reservations, Indian Health Service Primary Care Provider,

    Quick, K. S., Larsen, A. & Narváez, G. E. (2019). Tribal Transportation Specialists’ Priorities for Reservation Roadway Safety: Results of a National Survey, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research 28 Board,, 2673(7),

    Quick, K. S. & Narváez, G. E. (2018). Understanding Roadway Safety in American Indian Reservations. Center for Transportation Studies: Minneapolis, MN United States

    Schneider, I. E., Peck, M. A., Quick, K. S. & Pflughoeft, B. (in press). Effective social media engagement options for Minnesota’s diversifying population. Minnesota Department of Transportation: St Paul, MN United States

    Dressel, E. & Quick, K. S. (2017). Evaluation of the Falcon Heights community conversations process. Minnesota State Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Mithcell Hamline School of Law: Saint Paul, MN United States

    Narvaez, G. E. & Quick, K. S. (2017). Stakeholder Attitudes, Knowledge and Engagement in Local Road Systems Planning Decision-Making. Minnesota Department of Transportation: St Paul, MN United States

    Quick, K. S. & Sandfort, J. (2017). Deliberative Technology: A Holistic Lens for Interpreting Resources and Dynamics in Deliberation, Journal of Public Deliberation, 13(1), Article 7

    Quick, K. S. & Sandfort, J. R. (2017). Learning to facilitate: Implications for skill development in the public participation field. In The Professionalization of Public Participation 214-241). Routledge: New York and London