Kathryn Foster

Kathryn A. (Kate) Foster is Director of the Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, where she is also Associate Professor and former chair in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

A fellow in the World Academy of Art and Science, Foster’s interests include governance systems, metropolitan decision-making, regional identity and  leadership.  Author of The Political Economy of Special-Purpose Government (Georgetown University Press, 1997), Regionalism on Purpose (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2001) and numerous articles, book chapters, paper presentations and speeches on regions and governance, Foster is currently co-investigator on a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-funded research project, “Building Resilient Regions,” a major national analysis of metropolitan effectiveness.  She is currently working on a book, “Metaphors for Metropolitan Governance,” examining various
governance systems, including the National Football League, Iroquois Confederacy, General Motors and the European Union, to glean insights and lessons for U.S. metropolitan regions.

Foster earned her B.A. in geography from the Johns Hopkins University, her Master’s in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in public and international affairs from Princeton University.


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