Karen Mossberger

School of Public Affairs
411 N. Central, Suite 450
Phoenix
Frank and June Sackton Professor & Director, Center for Technology, Data and Society
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Center Director & Professor
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DTPHX Campus
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3720
Frank and June Sackton Professor
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DTPHX Campus
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3720
Center Dir (ACD) & Professor
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DTPHX Campus
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Professor
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Senior Global Futures Scholar
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Biography

Karen Mossberger is the Frank and June Sackton Professor in the School of Public Affairs in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. She is the director of the Center on Technology, Data and Society and also a senior sustainability scholar with the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Her research interests include local governance, urban policy, digital inequality, evaluation of broadband programs and digital government. 

She is author/editor of 7 books, including "Choosing the Future: Technology and Opportunity in Communities" (Oxford University Press 2021, with C. Tolbert and S. LaCombe), which won the 2022 Goldsmith Prize for Best Academic Book from the Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The book demonstrates with nearly two decades of data the impact that widespread, inclusive broadband use has for community prosperity.  She is also a co-editor for "Transforming Everything?  Evaluating Broadband's Impacts Across Policy Areas" (Oxford University Press 2021, with Eric Welch and Yonghong Wu). 

Other books on technology, inequality, and public policy include "Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity" (Oxford University Press 2012, with C. Tolbert and W. Franko), "Digital Citizenship: The Internet, Society and Participation" (Mossberger, Tolbert and McNeal 2008, MIT Press), and "Virtual Inequality: Beyond the Digital Divide" (Mossberger, Tolbert and Stansbury 2003, Georgetown University Press), She is also a co-editor of the "Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics" (2012 with S. Clarke and P. John) and author of "The Politics of Ideas and the Spread of Enterprise Zones" (2000, Georgetown University Press).

Her research on “Race, Place, and Information Technology” won the best paper award for the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association in 2005, and "The Effects of E-Government on Trust and Confidence in Government" was honored as one of the 75 most influential articles in the first 75 years of Public Administration Review. In 2018, she received the Donald C. Stone Scholar award from the American Society for Public Administration's Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM). In 2019 she was selected by UK nonprofit Apolitical as one of the World's 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government - a list including practitioners and academics.  

Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Chicago Community Trust, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, among others. She has served as president of the American Political Science Association's Urban Politics section and Information and Technology Politics section, chair of the International Political Science Association's research committee on Electronic Democracy and was elected a fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2016.

Education

  • Ph.D. Political Science, Wayne State University 1996
  • M.A. Political Science, Wayne State University 1992 
  • B.A. Honors Political Science (Summa Cum Laude), Wayne State University, MI 1991 

 

Google Scholar

Research Interests

Information technology and policy (digital inequality, digital government, evaluating policy impacts of Internet use and broadband); urban policy and local governance; policy diffusion and innovation

Research Group

Center on Technology, Data and Society

Publications

Recent/Selected

Books

Mossberger, Karen, Caroline J. Tolbert and Scott LaCombe (2021)  Choosing the Future:  Technology and Opportunity in Communities.  New York:  Oxford University Press.

Mossberger, Karen, Eric W. Welch and Yonghong Wu, eds. (2021)  Transforming Everything?  Evaluating Broadband’s Impact Across Policy Areas.  New York:  Oxford University Press.

Articles

Mossberger, Karen, Scott LaCombe and Caroline J. Tolbert (2021) “A New Measure of Digital Economic Activity and Its Impact on Local Opportunity,” Telecommunications Policy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2021.102231  Open Access.

Styrin, Evgeny, Karen Mossberger and Andrey Zhulin (2021) “Government as a Platform:  Intergovernmental Participation for Public Services in the Russian Federation,” Government Information Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.giq.2021.101627  

LaCombe, Scott, Caroline J. Tolbert and Karen Mossberger  (2021) “Information and Policy Innovation in U.S. States,” Political Research Quarterly. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/10659129211006783  

Yigitcanlar, Tan, Juan Corchado, Rashid Mehmood, Rita Yi Man Li, Karen Mossberger and Kevin DeSouza. (2021)  “Responsible Urban Innovation with Local Government Artificial Intelligence (AI):  A Conceptual Framework and Research Agenda,” Journal of Open Innovation:  Technology, Market and Complexity 71 (1). https://doi.org/10.3390/joitmc7010071  Open Access.

Mossberger, Karen and Caroline J. Tolbert (2021) “Digital Citizenship and Digital Communities:  How Technology Matters for Individuals and Communities.”  Invited contribution for special 10th anniversary issue of the International Journal of E-Planning Research 10 (3).  DOI: 10.4018/IJEPR.20210701.oa2.  Open Access.

Cho, Seong K., Karen Mossberger, David Swindell and David Selby (2020) “Experimenting with Public Engagement Platforms in Local Government.” Urban Affairs Review 57 (3):  764-793. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1078087419897821 

van Deursen, A.J.A.M. and Karen Mossberger (2018)  “Any Thing for Anyone?  A New Digital Divide in Internet-of-Things Skills.” Policy & Internet 10 (2):  122-140.  Open Access.  https://doi.org/10.1002/poi3.171

Chapters

Cheong, Pauline and Karen Mossberger (2022) “Voicing the Future: Folk Epistemic Understandings of Smart and Datafied Lives” in Perceiving the Future through New Communication Technologies:  Robots, AI and Everyday Life, James Katz, Juliet Floyd and Katie Schiepers, eds.  Springer Nature.

 Morris, Traci, Karen Mossberger and Nicholet Deschine Parkhurst (2021) “Digital Governance in Indian Country” in Research Handbook on E-Government, Eric Welch, ed.. Edward Elgar, 114-128.

Brown, Adrian, Karen Mossberger and Seong K. Cho. (2020) “Race, Place and Digital Governance,” in Race and Public Administration, Ken Meier and Amanda Rutherford, eds., Routledge, 98-118.

 

 

Research Activity

  • Mossberger,Karen*. BCC: Broadband Use Mapping Data and Evaluation. U.I(9/15/2013 - 8/31/2015).

Courses

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 582E-Public Administration
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 582E-Public Administration
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 582E-Public Administration
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PAF 582E-Public Administration
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
URB 493Honors Thesis
PAF 503Public Affairs
PAF 601Advanced Public Policy Seminar
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
URB 493Honors Thesis

Honors/Awards

Fellow, National Academy of Public Administration (elected 2016)

Donald C. Stone Scholar Award, Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management, American Society for Public Administration, 2018.

75 most influential articles in Public Administration Review since 1940 (selected 2014 for 75th anniversary), "The Effects of E-Government on Trust and Confidence in Government

Best Paper Award, Public Policy Section, American Political Science Association, "Race, Place and Information Technology" (2005)

Google Scholar Classic, "The Effects of E-Government on Trust and Confidence in Government," (10 most-cited Public Affairs articles of 2006 over 10 years) (2016)

Honorary Professor, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, UK

 

Editorships

Series co-editor, American Governance and Public Policy, Georgetown University Press (2004-2014)

Series co-editor, Studies in Digital Politics and Governance, Springer International Publishers (2018-present)

Service

  • Council, International Political Science Association (2018-2020).
  • Chair, RC10 Electronic Democracy, International Political Science Association (2016-Present)
  • Executive Committee, Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association (2016-Present)
  • Board, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University (2015-Present)
  • Palgrave MacMillan, Editoral Advisory Board for Public Management and Leadership Series (2014 - Present)
  • Local Government Studies, Editorial Board (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Information Technology and Politics, Senior Editorial Board (2008 - Present)
  • American Political Science Association, Chair of John Gaus Award Committee (2014 - 2015)
  • American Political Science Association, Information Technology and Politics Section, President (2014 - 2015)
  • dg.o 2015 International Conference on Digital Government Research, Co-Chair (2014 - 2015)
  • Public Management Research Conference, Chair of George Frederickson Award Committee (2013 - 2015)
  • Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, Program Committee for 2014 conference (2013 - 2014)
  • American Political Science Association, Urban Politics Section, President (2009-10)

Work History

Director, School of Public Affairs (2013-2017)