Kai Thompson is a first year Ph.D. student in the Urban Planning and Policy program in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. She also works part-time with USAC on the administration of the Universal Service Fund program on Rural Healthcare. Her research interests include community development, neighborhood change, the built environment and local food systems in the context of disinvested and post-industrial cities.
She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she worked as an equity and inclusion intern for the Center for Diversity Education. She received a Master of Public Policy from American University, where she worked as a graduate assistant at the Metropolitan Policy Center and served as a senior print editor for the graduate policy journal, The Public Purpose. In her free time, Kai can be found reading graphic novels, making mixed media art, or listening to music and podcasts.