Public Administration, Local Government Management, Economic Development, and Budgeting.
Dr. Nelson received her B.A. from Virginia Tech, her M.P.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. She taught at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington and Southern Illinois University before joining the faculty at Northern Illinois University in 2006. Her research and teaching interests focus on local government management, economic development, local government innovation, and state and local government institutional features. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and the International City/County Management Association.
“State Level Autonomy and Municipal Government Structure: Influence on Form of Government Outcomes.” 2011. American Review of Public Administration, forthcoming.
“Innovation Management in Local Government: An Empirical Analysis of Suburban Municipalities.” 2011. International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior (with Curtis H. Wood and Gerald Gabris), forthcoming.
“Adaptation of Models Versus Variations in Form: Classifying Structures of City Government.” 2010. Urban Affairs Review, 45 (4): 544-562 (with James H. Svara).
“Demand and Supply: Assessing the Capacity of MPA Programs to Satisfy the Growing Need for Professional Management in Local Government.” 2010. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 16 (3): 379-400 (with Gerald Gabris and Trenton Davis).
“Government Structure”, Chapter 4, in Management Policies in Local Government Finance (6th edition). 2011. John R. Bartle, W. Bartley Hildreth and Justin Marlowe, eds. Washington, DC: ICMA Press (with James H. Svara), forthcoming.
“Kansas City, Missouri—The Evolution of Council-manager Government”, In More than Mayor or Manager: Campaigns to Change Form of Government in America’s Largest Cities.2010. James Svara and Douglas Watson, eds. Georgetown: Georgetown University Press, (with Curtis H. Wood).
Non Peer-Reviewed Articles
Gabris, G. T., K. L. Nelson, and C. H. Wood. 2009. Managing for innovation in local government: Three core strategic factors. Government Finance Review. 25 (6): 22-28.
Svara, J. H. and K. L. Nelson. 2008. Taking stock of form and structure in county government. Public Management. 90 (11): 21-26.
Svara, J. H. and K. L. Nelson. 2008. Council-manager government at 100: Growing and making a difference. Public Management. 90 (7): 6-15.
Nelson, K. L. 2002. Assessing the role of CAOs in strong-mayor governments. National Civic Review. 91(1): 41-54.