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Katherine Spilde

Katherine Spilde

Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management , San Diego State University

Dr. Kate Spilde is Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University and a leading authority on tribal economic development in the United States. With a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and an MBA in entrepreneurial management, Dr. Spilde has worked on public policy and tribal governance in several positions, including Policy Analyst for the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, Director of Research at the National Indian Gaming Association, Sr. Research Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Executive Director of the Center for California Native Nations at the University of California in Riverside (UCR). Dr. Spilde has served as Endowed Chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming at San Diego State University since 2008, where she designed and still teaches all five courses leading to the nation’s only Bachelor of Science degree in Tribal Casino Operations Management. An award winning teacher and scholar, Dr. Spilde has published more than 50 academic articles and has worked with tribal, state, federal and foreign governments on economic development and gaming for over 20 years. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Responsible Gaming, the only organization devoted to funding research that helps increase understanding of gambling disorder.