Katherine Spilde, Ph.D.
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Katherine Spilde, Ph.D.
Katherine Spilde, Ph.D., MBA is a Partner of Globalysis, Ltd. and the Owner/Broker for Globalysis Real Estate Strategies, a boutique commercial and residential real estate firm based in Nevada.
In addition, Dr. Spilde is an Associate Professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she serves as Endowed Chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming.
At SDSU, Dr. Spilde
is responsible for managing the nation's first four-year degree program in tribal gaming management, shaping the Institute's research agenda and providing public policy input to tribal governments.
Developed in collaboration with tribal leadership, the Institute was created with the goal of providing a "nation-building" vision for gaming education and development.
Dr. Spilde's work at Globalysis emphasizes cultural sensitivity and competence, government-industry relations and mobilization of industry intelligence from around the world.
Through twenty years of anthropological and economic development work, Dr. Spilde's research
supports the diffusion of the "nation building" model for casino gaming by highlighting the ways that tribal governments in the United States (US) have used gaming revenues to stimulate tourism, spark economic development and strengthen institutions of government.
As other nations contemplate casino gambling globally, Dr. Spilde's
publications can and will highlight best practices in nation building developed by tribal governments in the US.
Past academic and public policy positions provide additional context for Dr. Spilde's
Prior to her work at Globalysis, Dr. Spilde was the Executive Director for the Center for California Native Nations at the University of California at Riverside (UCR) and Sr. Research Associate at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
In addition to her academic positions, Katherine was the first Director of Research for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), where she developed NIGA's Library and Research Center in Washington, DC.
Additionally, she served as a policy analyst and writer for the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, a federal commission that produced a comprehensive study of U.S. gambling policy for Congress and President Clinton in 1999.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii (1991), a Master of Arts from the George Washington University (1993), a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California in Santa Cruz (1998) and a M.B.A. in entrepreneurial management from the University of California in Riverside (2007.)