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Job Market Candidates

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

Alex Combs

Prior to joining the Martin School, Alex earned a B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009. He worked in nonprofit the next four years, developing curriculum and teaching on various topics of organizational management for undergraduate students. Alex enrolled in the Ph.D. program in 2015 after completing our accelerated MPA the previous year. His dissertation focuses on state financing of higher education and its impacts on student migration and success across dimensions of income and ability. Broadly, Alex's work employs public finance theory and quantitative methods to analyze policy in higher education. Alex will graduate in May 2018 and looks forward to a career in academia.

Alex's CV can be accessed here


Saerim Kim

Saerim Kim is a doctoral candidate at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Before joining the doctoral program, she received her Master's degree in Public Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University. Her teaching and research interests involve public budgeting and financial management, nonprofit management, and quantitative methods. Her dissertation, entitled Three Essays on Financial Collaboration in the Government and Nonprofit Sectors, discusses nonprofit financial self-sufficiency and nonprofit policy issues in relationship with the government. She plans to graduate this academic year and seeks a career that can contribute to the fields of public finance and nonprofit management. 

Saerim's CV can be accessed here


Jue Young Mok

Jue Young is a doctoral candidate at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. She received her B.A. in psychology and social welfare from Yonsei University, South Korea, in 2009 and received her M.A, in psychology from Yonsei University, South Korea, in 2011. Her research interests are public management, citizen attitudes and behaviors, citizen satisfaction, and co-production. Her studies incorporate psychological theories in public management and use experimental and quantitative methods. The title of her dissertation is “Understanding Citizens to Improve Citizen-Government Interactions with Help from Psychological Theories.” She plans to graduate in May 2018 and continues to pursue her career in academia

Jue Young's CV can be accessed here


Danny Woodbury

Danny Woodbury is a Ph.D. candidate at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.  Utilizing his law background, Danny’s research interest is in the policy design and analysis of institutions affecting public finance.  His dissertation specifically focuses on local public finance outcomes resulting from individual household’s political and economic reactions to incentives.  He uses both theoretical and quantitative methods to study local public finance in a manner consistent with the political economy of local governments.  He is set to graduate May 2018 and seeks a position in academia.

Danny Woodbury's CV can be accessed here.


Jinhai Yu

Jinhai Yu is a PhD candidate in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. His research and teaching interests include public budgeting and finance, and policy analysis. His policy analysis paper on state online voter registration won the 2017 Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Student Manuscript Award from Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Jinhai is 

currently revising his dissertation titled “Three Essays on Public Finance and Public Policy: Financial Disclosu

re and Policy Reinvention in U.S. State and Local Governments”. Jinhai will graduate in May 2018 with a Master of Public Policy and PhD in Public Policy and Administration. He looks forward to starting a new career in academia.

Jinhai's CV can be accessed here.