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509 E. Circle Drive Rm 447
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-8540
Fax: 517-353-6680
Laura Reese

Dr. Laura Ann Reese

Director, Global Urban Studies
Professor, Political Science
Office: 517-353-5942

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Guo Chen

Dr. Guo Chen

Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies and Geography
211 Geography
Office: 517-432-4747

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Dr. Najib Hourani

Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies, Anthropolgy and Geography
334 Baker Hall
Office: 517-355-1808
Fax: 517-432-1671

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Maria A. Iliopoulou

Dr. Maria A. Iliopoulou

Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies
443 Berkey Hall

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Eva Kassens-Noor

Dr. Eva Kassens-Noor

Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies and Planning, Design & Construction
201E Human Ecology
Office: 517-432-8085

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Edward L.

Dr. Edward Linedecker Murphy

Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies and History
306A Morrill Hall
Office: 517-432-8222 ext. 159

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Zachary P. Neal

Dr. Zachary P. Neal

Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies and Psychology
134B Psychology Building
Office: 517-432-1811

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Sarah Reckhow

Dr. Sarah Reckhow

Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies and Political Science
328 S. Kedzie
Office: 517-432-0028

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Xuefei Ren

Dr. Xuefei Ren

Assistant Professor, Global Urban Studies and Sociology
401C Berkey Hall
Office: 517-355-6644

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Sue Durkee

Susan Durkee

Administrative Assistant
447B Berkey Hall
Office: 517-353-8540


Kate Huttenga

Research Assistant I
442 Berkey Hall


Kate Durkee graduated from Michigan State University in December 2009 with a bachelor's in Political Science. While studying at MSU, she spent a semester in Washington, D.C. interning at the Hudson Institute while participating in MSU's study away program. While at the nation's capitol, she completed her capstone project concerning relations between Canada and the United States and carries on that interest today. In her spare time, she loves to horseback ride, excersize, and garden.

Larry Irwin

Larry Irwin

Research Assistant



Edwin Phillips

Techinal Support
447 Berkey Hall
Office: 517-432-3630

Kellee Remer

Kellee Remer

442 Berkey Hall
Office: 517-432-3321


Kellee M. Remer joined the GUSP team in December of 2012. She has a BA in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration. She came to us after 15 years' experience in consultative sales, business development, and strategic planning in the private sector She has held leadership and management roles and has been the lead in the preparation and presentation of top quality proposals many which have resulted in contracts being awarded to her employer. She enjoys new challenges and is looking forward to working at MSU.

Graduate research assistants
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Cassie Richard

Graduate Research Assistant

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Cassie Richard is 2014 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a major in sociology and a certification in nonprofit management. Cassie entered the program in fall of 2015. Her policy interests include labor policy with an emphasis on gender. She is especially interested in womenís economic participation and how it varies globally. Prior to entering the MPP program Cassie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation in Detroit, MI. In her spare time she enjoys reading memoirs by female leaders, Netflix, and running. Cassie expects to graduate in Spring 2017.

Josh Vertalka

Josh Vertalka

Graduate Research Assistant


Hello. My name is Josh Vertalka. I grew up in Northern Michigan. I just completed my Masterís Thesis, which focused on adapting airports in juxtaposition with surrounding communities to the extreme social and physical negativities associated with meteorological hazards. After receiving my Masters Degree I joined Michigan Stateís Geography Department with interests centering on urban cities, extreme events, and mega events. These interests sparked from a number of critical events including my study abroad experiences in South Korea, China, and Japan. My recent research involves the spread of the 1918 influenza pandemic in British India and adapting airports to meteorological hazards. I am excited to begin researching various urban issues with Global Urban Studies Department.

Jennifer Wray

Graduate Research Assistant


I am a third year PhD student in Sociology and the Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP). My Research interests include political sociology, urban sociology, social and structural inequality issues, tolerance, gambling, and promiscuity. I have worked on projects studying mortality from the 1918-19 influenza pandemic as well as India's drug policy. I am also the sociology departments representative for the council of graduate students (COGS).

Xiaomeng Li

Xiaomeng Li

Graduate Research Assistant


Xiaomeng Li is a PhD student in Geography and the Global Urban Studies program.

Matt Zalewski

Matt Zalewski

Graduate Research Assistant


A native of Michigan, Matt holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Oakland University, and a J.D. from Wayne State University. Matt became interested in politics in his hometown, where he served on several boards and committees. For six years prior to arriving at Michigan State in the fall of 2012, Matt served as a law clerk and Assistant City Attorney with an in-house municipal law department, specializing in land use, building code, tax, and freedom of information law. Through his local government career, Matt worked closely with elected officials pursuing policies to promote economic development and protect the tax base. He has handled civil and criminal cases in courts ranging from the municipal district court through the Sixth Circuit federal court, including a timely case addressing the problems of downtown redevelopment in the down economy. At Michigan State, Matt is studying American politics and policy, with an emphasis on urban politics. Broadly speaking, his research interests include economic development, regional cooperation and conflict, interest group and public participation in local government, and state and local judicial politics. In his free time, Matt enjoys reading, gardening, and visiting historical sites, lighthouses, and baseball stadiums.

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