Head shot of Kathy Quick
Associate Professor
139 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


Dr. Quick is chair of the Humphrey School’s management and leadership area and academic co-director of the university-wide Center for Integrative Leadership. Dr. Quick’s focus is bringing together people with diverse perspectives to work on high-stakes, complex, and often contentious public policy problems. Trained in public management and urban planning, she works in a variety of policy content areas, the common thread being identifying practices and processes that improve equity and inclusion. Dr. Quick researches effective approaches by studying professionals doing their work and shares the lessons learned with graduate students to strengthen their civic engagement skills. She also continually hones her own craft by practicing what she studies and teaches.

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 in California for six years. Dr. Quick holds a PhD in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of California, Irvine, which recognized her 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)

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

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

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),

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

Quick, K. S. (2018). The Narrative Production of Stakeholder Engagement Processes, Journal of Planning Education and Research,

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

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. 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