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Kathleen Krzyzanowski Guerra

PhD Student

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
2014 BA in Human Rights – Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Graduate Institution and Major:
2018 Master of International Studies – North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Research Interests:
Kathleen Krzyzanowski Guerra’s primary research interests are focused on food policy, the use of emerging technologies in agri-food and the use of innovative local programming to address food insecurity. Ongoing research projects include an overview of blockchain technology in the agri-food industry and the regulatory approach to blockchain within the U.S., as well as a comparative evaluation of local produce-to-consumer programs in Appalachia, Ohio. Krzyzanowski Guerra is interested in developing a stronger understanding of policy’s role in the successful growth and implementation of “disruptive” technologies and local interventions. Within this area she hopes to further research how innovation may (or may not) flourish alongside pragmatic policy and regulation.

Funded Appointments:


  • Graduate Research Associate
  • Dr. Jennifer Garner, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • PUBAFRS 7554: Performance Management in the Public Sector
  • PUBAFRS 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs
  • PUBAFRS 5420: Rapid Innovation for Public Impact
  • PUBAFRS 2130: Leadership in the Public and Nonprofit Sector
  • PUBAFRS 6000: Public Policy Formulation and Implementation

Relevant Professional Experience:

  • 2018-2019. Survey Research Supervisor, University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research
  • 2017. Capacity Development Intern, RTI International, International Development and Governance Division
  • 2017-2018. Graduate Assistant, North Carolina State University
  • 2016-2017. Research Assistant, North Carolina State University

Conference Presentations:

  • Krzyzanowski Guerra, K., D. Hanks, Z. Plakias, V. Castillo, C. Carson, S. Huser, T. Redfern, J. Barbaree, S. Ali, and J.A. Garner. “Site-level Perceptions of Factors that Facilitate and Hinder the Success of Healthy Food Access Programs in Appalachia, Ohio.” Presentation at the Appalachian Translational Research Network’s 10th Annual Health Summit, Community-engaged Research in Translational Science: Innovations to Improve Health in Appalachia. Virtual [Wake Forest, NC], September 22, 2020.
  • Krzyzanowski, K. “Putting Food on the Blockchain: A Regulatory Overview.” Food Distribution Research Society Breakout Research Sessions at the 2018 National Direct Agricultural Marketing Summit. Arlington, VA. September 17, 2018.
  • Nance, M.T., J. Daly, and K. Krzyzanowski. "Anatomy of a Crisis Response: A case study of the Swedish automobile industry." Presentation at the International Studies Association Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. February 24, 2017.


  • Krzyzanowski, K. (2019). “Putting food on the blockchain: a regulatory overview.” Journal of Food Distribution Research.
  • Krzyzanowski Guerra, K., & Boys, K. (2021) “A new food chain: Adoption and policy implications to blockchain use in agri-food industries.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 1-26. DOI: 10.1002/aepp.13163
Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.