Katharine Jackson is an academic advisor for undergraduate students in the department of Political Science as well as an associate member of the graduate faculty. She earned her B.A. in Public Relations from Kansas State University and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law. While in law school, she was an associate editor for the University of Colorado Law Review. She teaches MPA courses related to local government law, as well as undergraduate law courses. She also teaches law courses as adjunct faculty at the Washburn University School of Law.
Prior to joining K-State, Katharine was a partner at a Manhattan, Kan., law firm, and for nearly a decade, she worked in the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Manhattan. During her tenure, she served as City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney and Assistant City Attorney. As City Attorney, she was the department head of the Legal Department and general counsel for the municipality, advising the governing body and City administration, representing the City in civil litigation, and supervising the operation of the Municipal Court. She continues to represent municipal clients in her private practice.
Her law practice spurred her research interests in local government law and policy. Her work has appeared in Urban Lawyer, Kansas Government Journal, National Jurist, and State and Local Government Law News. She currently serves on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, and she is a member of the Riley County and Kansas Bar Associations. She is an active community volunteer; she was recently appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Manhattan Public Library, and she has served as a board member for Homecare and Hospice, the Junior League of the Flint Hills, and Catholic Charities of Manhattan.