Karen Tinsley, Ph.D.

Public Service Associate

233 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4949

Fax: 706-542-1799

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

Housing and Community Development (FHCE 4340S)


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Economics University of Georgia 2003
M.A. Economics University of Georgia 1998
B.A. Economics Syracuse University 1994


The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) is a technical assistance program designed to help communities create and launch a locally based plan to meet their houisng and neighborhood revitalization needs.


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Housing Impact Award, Housing Education and Research Association 2017
Dr. Chris Todd Outstanding Outreach Award in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2016
Vivian H. Fisher Leadership Academy Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, University of Georgia 2013-2014
Service Learning Fellow Office of Service Learning, University of Georgia 2013
Special Achievement (for the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing) National Council State Housing Agencies 2008
Regional Innovator (for The Latino Home Ownership Partnership: Ellijay, GA) Southern (Governor's) Growth Policies Board 2005

Journal Articles

Skobba, K., & Tinsley, K. (2016). Addressing housing and neighborhood revitalization needs in Georgia’s rural and small towns: A study of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing. Community Development, 47(4), 449-463.

Tinsley, K. L., & Massey, J. (2009). The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing. Housing and Society, 36(2), 203-219.

Tinsley, K. L., Cude, B., Rodgers, T. & Sweaney, A. L.  (2008).  Partnering with local employers to meet housing needs. Journal of Extension, 46(6), 6RIB8.

Tinsley, K. L., & Bishop, M.  (2006).  Poverty and population density: Implications for economic development policy. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 11(1), 195-208.

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