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Kate Lowe, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Urban Planning and Policy

Pronouns: She/her/hers


Building & Room:

238 CUPPA Hall, MC 348


412 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60607. Suite 238

Office Phone:

(312) 355-0303

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Kate Lowe studies transportation at the intersection of policy, funding, and mobility justice. Her work examines how varied stakeholders and transportation policies interact across different levels of government and how this impacts transportation investments and racial inequities. She also conducts qualitative research on lived experiences of mobility and accessibility for low-income populations and Black and Brown communities. She received a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, a M.A. in Community Development and Planning from Clark University, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Bard College.

Twitter: @kateontransport (personal account)

See Google Scholar link above for academic publications and below for recent other writing.

Lowe, K. (2022, November 9). Debate over TIFs should not delay Red Line extension. Chicago Tribune. Available at

Lowe, K., Sutton, S., & Tilahun, N. (2022, July 19). Debate over speeding tickets misses larger point about traffic safety. Chicago Sun-Times. Available at

Lowe, K., Reed, O.O., & Barajas, J. (2022, March 11). Walking, biking and rolling—and disparities in getting around in Chicago. Crain’s Chicago Business.  Available at