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Karen Rowley
Special Projects Manager, Public Affairs Research Council, Louisiana, Online Chat

Karen Rowley joined the staff of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana in 2006 as Special Projects Manager to oversee the GulfGov Reports project – a longitudinal study of the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that has resulted in seven reports examining various aspects of the recovery. Her current research focus is on state education policy developments.

Dr. Rowley’s background is in journalism. She worked for daily newspapers in Florida and North Carolina, and served as managing editor of The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report for eight years.

She has presented research papers at several conferences, and she has been the lead author on articles published in such academic journals as Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism and The Howard journal of Communications.

Current Topic


07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


08/15 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference

What difference has a decade made?

Recent Topics


06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?


05/15 - Innovation Matters

What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


04/15 - Back on Track: Louisiana Graduates

What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?


03/15 - Cancer in Louisiana

Why is Louisiana’s cancer death rate so much higher than the rest of America?

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