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Laura A. Reese

Professor, Political Science


An expert in urban and local politics, public policy and economic development, Reese’s focus areas include local ballot issues such as bonds and taxes, and governmental structure issues such as charter changes, consolidations and annexations.

Current Research

  • “Roads to Prosperity: The Changing Economy of Mid-size Canadian Cities” (with Gary Sands), book under publisher review.
  • “Won’t You be my Neighbor” An Application of Spatial Analytics to Fiscal Policy Interdependence” (with Joshua Sapotichne and Minting Ye), under journal revision.
  • “Media Narratives of an Emerging Urban Problem: The Case of Stray and Feral Urban Animals” (with Erin Krcatovich), under journal revision.
  • “No Dog Left Behind: A Hedonic Pricing Model for Animal Shelters (with Mark Skidmore, William Dyar, and Erika Rosebrook), under journal revision.
  • “Everyone Loves a Dog Story: Narratives of Urban Animal Welfare Policy” (with Erin Krcatovich), under journal review.

Selected Publications

  • Reclaiming Brownfields: A Comparative Analysis of Adaptive Reuse of Contaminated Properties (with Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore and Richard Hula). (2012) Surrey: Ashgate Publications.

  • Money for Nothing: Industrial Tax Abatements and Economic Development (with Gary Sands). (2012) Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

  • Comparative Civic Culture (with Raymond Rosenfeld). (2012) Surrey: Ashgate Publications.

  • "Filling the Gap: Networks of Animal Welfare Service Provision” (with Minting Ye), American Review of Public Administration, DOI: 10.1177/0275074015623377.

  • "The Dog Days of Detroit: The Implications of Urban Stray and Feral Animals,” City and Community, DOI 10.1111/cico.12114.

  • "Substantive and Procedural Tolerance: Are Diverse Communities Really More Tolerant?” (with Matthew Zalewski) Urban Affairs Review, DOI 1078087414556092.

  • "The Effects of Changes in Property Tax Rates and School Spending on Residential and Business Property Value Growth” (with Mark Skidmore and Sung Kang), Real Estate Economics Article first published online: 18 FEB 2015, DOI: 10.1111/1540-6229.12077

Government Focus

Local, National, State

Public Service

Province of Ontario, Evaluation of University of Waterloo Economic Development Program
Michigan Municipal League Foundation, Local Elected Officials Training Program Evaluation
Michigan Municipal League Foundation, Enhancing Local Government, Evaluation of a Pilot Program of the MML
US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, Evaluation of the Impact of EDA Economic Adjustment Program Investments