Assistant Professor Rachel Krause joins the faculty of the School of Public Affairs and Administration this fall. Dr. Krause earned her B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy from Rice University (2003), a M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin (2005) and her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University (2011).
She comes to KU from the University of Texas El Paso, where she taught Policy Analysis and Decision Making and Qualitative Research Methods to MPA students.
Her research focuses on issues of urban sustainability, and particularly the motivations, implementation, and consequences of greenhouse gas abatement efforts being taken at the local level. She is also involved in studies examining community perceptions of carbon capture and sequestration technologies, the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles in urban centers, and the relationship between urban forest management and ecosystem services. Much of her research utilizes survey methods, collects data on state and local level policy, and quantitatively examines the ways in which decisions are made at these two levels of government, and how they interact. Examinations of policy innovation and diffusion have been consistent sub-themes throughout her work.
In Fall, 2013, Dr. Krause will teach PUAD 825: Public Policy and Urban Administration (MPA core course) and PUAD 839: Topics in Public Administration: Sustainable Communities (MPA elective course).