Faculty Profile

Katherine Nesse

Katherine Nesse

Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Urban Studies Program Director

Email: knesse@spu.edu
Phone: 206-378-2378
Office: Alexander Hall 306


Education: PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MURP, University of Minnesota; BA, University of Oregon. At SPU since 2016.

Katherine Nesse directs the urban studies program at SPU, an inter-disciplinary area of study focused on how we can be agents of change in urban environments. Her academic background is in urban planning and regional science.

Dr. Nesse teaches several classes in the urban studies curriculum including Urban Planning, Urban Public Policy and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Her goal is to not only acquaint students with the academic material but help them understand it so that they can apply it in their lives in Seattle and in their activities at SPU.

Her research is at the crossroads of the demographics and the economy. She is currently developing a method of estimating demographic characteristics based on the physical environment of residential neighborhoods. She also studies how people use the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey.


Selected publications

Nesse, K. and Mallory Rahe. (2015) “Setting New Standards in the use of estimates from the American Community Survey,” Population Research and Policy Review 34(4): 461-480.

Nesse, K. (2014). “Expanding the Economic Base Model to Include Nonwage Income” Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy 44(2), 93-108.

Nesse, K. (2013). “What election campaign lawn signs indicate: Estimating demographic characteristics from publicly observable neighborhood phenomena, 2013 Conference Proceedings of the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, 44th Annual Conference: 66-76. 

Markusen, Ann and K. Nesse. (2007). “Institutional and political determinants of incentive competition: Reassessing causes, outcomes, and remedies,” Chapter 1 in Ann Markusen (Ed.), Reining in the Competition for Capital. Kalamazoo, Michigan: W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2007.

Please view Katherine Nesse’s CV (PDF) for additional information.

Why I Teach at SPU

Katherine Nesse, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, Urban Studies Program Director

“I enjoy helping students find their voice in the cacophony of the city and watching as they discover how to use it to make it a better place to live.”