Austin Nugent Discusses Time Spent with Kentucky Protection and Advocacy

MPA student Austin Nugent spent the summer working with the independent state agency Kentucky Protection and Advocacy.

Director Ron Zimmer's research on Achievement School Districts referenced in New York Times Magazine

Midway through Casey Parks September 2021 longform piece The Tragedy of America’s Rural Schools in the Education Issue of the New York Times magazine, these words, "....Obama’s Race to the Top contest to design their Achievement School District, researchers found that schools in the turnaround program did not improve after six years," link to a report for Vanderbilt U

UK Student Lindsey Porter Gives Insight on Unique PharmD/MPA Joint Degree

Lindsey Porter

Since 1997, the Martin School and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy have jointly provided this unique dual degree program, the first of its type to be offered in the nation.

MPA Student Reflects on Impact of Internship at BGADD

Logan Hart is a part-time MPA student beginning his second year in the Martin School.


Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, UK Martin School host final part of urban-rural issues roundtable series

Economic development will be the focus of the third and final installment of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce-University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration’s Roundtable Series on "Bridging Kentucky’s Urban-Rural Divide." The webinar event is set for 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 18. Earlier programs centered on health care and education.

2021 Fall Orientation

Meet us on the third floor of the Gatton Student Center in room 330D. There will be refreshments!

Details of this event forthcoming.

Please contact Brooke Kuerzi with questions.

Wednesday August 18 08:30 AM to 02:00 PM

2021 Fall Seminar Series: Rebecca Kreitzer

[Kreitzer is] an associate professor of public policy and an adjunct associate professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [Her] research focuses on gender, political representation, political inequality, and public policy in the US states. [She] teaches classes on the politics of policy, public policy theory, gender and sexuality policy, and interest groups.

Friday October 15 11:00 AM

2021 Fall Seminar Series: Hilary Hoynes (with Dept. of Economics)

Hilary Hoynes is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy and holds the Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the University of California Berkeley where she also co-directs the Berkeley Opportunity Lab. Her research focuses on poverty, inequality, food and nutrition programs, and the impacts of government tax and transfer programs on low income families.

Friday September 10 11:00 AM

Reprint: Top policymakers and researchers explore education in Kentucky’s urban-rural divide

Did the pandemic affect urban and rural schools differently? Do students in rural school districts have as many options for educational choice as students in urban districts? Are both urban and rural districts struggling to attract and retain teachers? 

These were just some of the topics that top education policymakers and researchers discussed yesterday afternoon in the second webinar on Kentucky’s urban-rural divide hosted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. 

Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: Education in Kentucky

Countdown 1 hr and 30 min until a second joint Martin School-KY Chamber webcast. Regina Huff, @RajDarolia Ron Zimmer and @maxwellwise will be talking Education and KY's urban-rural divide. 12 PM - Register here:

Tuesday July 27 10:45 AM

KY Chamber Makes 2006 Alumna Kate Shanks SVP

Kate Shanks

2006 MPA and 2020 Board of Visitors member Kate Shanks has been promoted to Senior Vice President at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The full story is available at the KY Chamber website.

PhD Graduate Himawan Saputro Successfully Defends Dissertation

2021 PhD Graduate Himawan Saputro

Himawan Saputro, one of the Martin School’s exceptional international PhD recruits, has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation. He was hooded at the 2021 Martin School Commencement ceremony on May 14th, 2021. The dissertation defense which preceded graduation, tells us where to look for his future impacts. Himawan writes,

Kentucky Public Policy Roundtable Series Webinar 1

The inaugural program of the three-part webinar series will focus on finding new ways to bridge Kentucky’s urban-rural divide and feature a discussion of urban-rural health issues.

Tuesday June 8 12:00 PM

Martin School Alumni Series - The Rural-Urban Divide

We hope you can join Martin School alumni for the second in our series of discussions on the Rural-Urban Divide.  This one will focus on education.  Our panelists will include Cory Curl, University of Kentucky, Jacob Fowles, Kansas University, Ryan Kaffenberger, Council on Postsecondary Education, and Brigitte Blom-Ramsey at the Prichard Committee.  We look forward to an interesting discussion with you as participants!


Please contact us for the Zoom meeting information. 

Wednesday June 16 12:00 PM

Dr. Zimmer's Research into COVID Impact on School Reopenings Garners National Attention

"A new study by University of Kentucky researchers estimates the return to in-person learning in Texas last fall led to at least 43,000 additional COVID-19 cases and 800 deaths within the first two months."

Full Story at UKNOW.

In the Public Interest: Public Policy Info Session

Join Dr. Cory Curl, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Brooke Kuerzi, program advisor to discuss the classes, careers, and opportunities available to Martin School students. 

Andrew Sullivan to be Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University

We're proud to announce that Andrew Sullivan successfully defended his dissertation on April 7th and will be joining Southern Illinois University Edwardsville as an Assistant Professor in Aug. 2021. 

Dr. Annelise Russell Op-Ed featured in Lexington Herald Leader

The Lexington Herald-Leader published an opinion piece by Dr. Annelise Russell on Sunday April 1. In the piece titled, "Although Trump may be gone, Twitter will continue to influence politics and policy" Dr. Russell draws on her research into the intersection of social media platforms (particularly Twitter) and legislative agenda setting.

Minor in Public Policy available starting fall 2021

Starting in fall 2021, UK undergraduates will have the option to add a Minor in Public Policy onto their current degree program.

Martin's New Fully Online MPA announced in UK NOW.

"The University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration continues to expand its program offerings with recent approval of a new online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. The online program is the second new initiative at the Martin School during the current academic year and follows last August’s introduction of a four-year public policy undergraduate degree."

Alumni Zoom - Urban Rural Divide

Alumni Panelists include:

Mark Birdwhistell – Vice President for Health System Administration and Chief of Staff, UK Healthcare

Dr. Fran Feltner – Director, Center for Rural Health, Hazard, KY

Larry Gray – President, Baptist Health Louisville

Wade Stone – Executive Vice President, MedCenter Health, Bowling Green

Please plan to join us and register for the session with the information provided below.


You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

Friday March 26 12:00 PM

Jawad Shah Accepts Prestigious Research Fellowship at Oxford

Jawad Shaw, Martin PhD

Martin School PhD student and Fullbrighter Jawad Ali Shah will become a Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre of Business Taxation, Said Business School, Oxford UK later this year. The news was announced in this tweet by Jawad's dissertation committee chair Dr. David Agrawal last week.