Laura A. Reese

Laura A. Reese

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Professor, Urban & Regional Planning

Telephone: 517-353-5942

Human Ecology Building
552 W. Circle Drive, Room 208A
East Lansing, MI 48824

Area of Expertise:

Current Research: Local Economic Development Policy: government official and citizen concepts of “economic development;” redevelopment in Detroit; effectiveness of economic development incentives.

Methods: survey research; secondary data analysis; content analysis of public policy; case studies.

Additional interests: Animal Welfare Policy: animals in the city; public policy related to animal cruelty, dog bites, and roaming dogs; animal shelter practices; compassion fatigue. One Health.


Bachelors: Bachelor in political science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Masters: Master of public administration from Wayne State University.
PhD: PhD in political science from Wayne State University.

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Laura A. Reese is a professor of Urban & Regional Planning at MSU. She joined the faculty at MSU in the Fall of 2005 as founding, and as of 2019, former director of Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP), a research and doctoral initiative focusing on urban affairs and public policy, globalization and urban areas, and comparative urban studies. Previously, 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. Her main research and teaching areas are urban politics and public policy, economic development, and local governance and management in both Canada and the U.S. Dr. Reese 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. Reese has written several books and numerous articles in these areas, as well as public personnel administration focusing on implementation of sexual harassment policy.