Erika Rosebrook

PhD Student

Erika Rosebrook is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the relationship between states and local governments, particularly the ways in which states shape local decisions and outcomes. Her current projects examine why and when states preempt local authority, how state incentive programs influence local climate change policy, and the role of race in state takeovers of cities. She is co-principal investigator of Finding a Path Forward for Fiscally Sustainable Cities in Michigan, a C.S. Mott Foundation-funded, 2-year project to develop a comprehensive, evidence-based framework for determining the local fiscal outcomes of state policy choices. She has also worked as a graduate assistant with MSU’s Social Science Data Analytics and Master of Public Policy programs. Prior to arriving at MSU, she was Associate Director of the State of Michigan’s Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives and served in a variety of administrative roles in Michigan local governments and non-profits. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.