Kimberly L. Nelson

Associate Professor in Public Administration and Government

Areas of Expertise

Local government form and structure, local government management, public administration, local government innovation


Kim Nelson joined the School of Government in August 2013. She taught for seven years in the MPA program at Northern Illinois University, where she received the 2010 Professor of the Year award from the students of the Division of Public Administration. Her research and teaching interests include local government management, forms of government, and innovation in local government. Previously, she taught at Southern Illinois University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and North Carolina State University. Nelson received a BA in communications and marketing from Virginia Tech, an MPA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a PhD from North Carolina State University.

Select Publications:

Nelson, Kimbery L. and James H. Svara. 2015. The Roles of Local Governmet Managers in Theory and Practice: A Centennial Perspective. Public Administration Review, 75(1): 49-61.

Nelson, K. L. and J. H. Svara. 2014. Upholding and Expanding the Roles of Local Government Managers: State of the Profession 2012. In 2014 Municipal Yearbook. Washington, DC: ICMA.

Bryer, T. and Nelson, K. L. 2013. Social Media Adaptation in Urban Governance: A Conceptual Model.  In Citizen e-Participation in Urban Governance, Carlos Nunes Silva, Editor.  IGI Global Publishers.

Gabris, G. T. and Nelson, K. L.  2013.  Transforming Municipal Boards into Accountable, High-Performing Teams: Toward a Diagnostic Model of Governing Board Effectiveness.  Public Performance and Management Review, 36(3): 473-496.

“Municipal Choices During a Recession: Bounded Rationality and Innovation.  State and Local Government Review, 44 (1S): 44-63. K. L. Nelson, 2012.

“Form of Government Still Matters: Fostering Innovation in U.S. Municipal Governments.”  American Review of Public Administration, 42 (3): 257-281. K.L. Nelson, K. L. and J. H. Svara, 2012.

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