Job Market Candidates

We are pleased to share the list of 2017-18 Martin School doctoral job market candidates: 

Alex Combs

Having recently defended his dissertation, Alex will graduate from the Martin School in December 2018 and looks forward to a career in academia. He currently teaches graduate courses in strategic planning and program evaluation. Alex also serves as a research analyst for an interdepartmental project between the University of Kentucky and KYStats focused on the intersection of education, health, and rural communities.

Alex’s concentrations are in public finance & budgeting, education policy, and quantitative methods. His dissertation examines state subsidies in higher education and their impact on student demand for goods and services that underlie college choice and drive college expenditures. Other research projects involve the effect of K-12 policies on the transition from high school to college, college student migration, and disparities in K-12 finance across rural and urban locales.

Prior to joining the Ph.D. program in 2015, Alex completed the Masters in Public Administration at the Martin School. Before graduate school, Alex worked in the nonprofit sector for four years. He earned his B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Philosophy from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009.

Alex's CV can be accessed here



Wenchi Wei

Wenchi Wei is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Prior to joining the Martin School, he received the Master’s degree in Public Policy from the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and the Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wuhan University in China. His research and teaching interests include state and local government finance, public management and performance, and quantitative research methods (causal inference). His doctoral dissertation includes three essays on the municipal structure and government fiscal management outcomes. Wenchi Wei will graduate in May 2019 and aims to have a career in academia.