2020 Spring Seminar: Dr. Katherine Willoughby

Join us for a discussion by Dr. Katherine Willoughby from the University of Georgia.

Friday January 31 11:00 AM

2020 Wendell Ford Lecture with Charlie Cook on Youtube

Watch the Ford Lecture on Youtube!

We updated our Youtube channel a few weeks ago with videos of the 2016, 2018 and 2019 Wendell E. Ford Lectures ahead of this year's lecture. Now you can see all three lectures including this year's smash hit with political campaign analyst Charlie Cook, USA Today Washington Bureau chief and 2020 Presidential debate moderator Susan Page, UK Journalism Professor and KY Politics afficionado Al Cross, and moderated by KET Public Policy star Renee Cross. 

2020 One Day for UK is today!

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Wendell Ford Lecture Welcomes Charlie Cook

Charlie Cook

Students, faculty and everyone seeking to expand their knowledge on the upcoming elections should have a special interest in the University of Kentucky’s 2020 upcoming Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture. Scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13 — exactly three weeks before the Nov. 3 elections — this lecture will feature one of the country’s most known and respected political analysts, Charlie Cook, publisher and editor of The Cook Political Report along with a panel of prominent national and Kentucky journalists.

MPA Grad Reflects on Value of CSG Internship

James Tatum, MPA Student

James  Tatum graduated from the MPA program in May 2020 and continues to work at the Council of State Governments in Lexington, KY. 


Martin School ranked #25 among Public Affairs and #3 in Public Finance

The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration has been ranked #25 in latest Public Affairs by the U.S. News and World Report. The Martin School is also ranked #3 in Public Finance and Budgeting and #34 in Public Policy Analysis.

Frankfort Day 2020

Last Friday a group of Martin School students took a trip to Frankfort in order to learn more about the work done by different state agencies. 17 of us spent the day hearing from government employees and learning more about the ins and outs of professional life in Frankfort.

Alex Combs and Jiebing Wen Take New Positions

Alex Combs and Jiebing Wen

Jiebing Wen will be taking a post doc position at Harvard for 2020-21. The fellowship is based at the Department of Population Medicine (DPM) of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and led by faculty of the DPM’s Division of Health Policy and Insurance Research who are well known nationally and internationally for their expertise in methodologically sound policy research and working with large databases.

Alex Combs has accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia.

We congratulate both of our graduates on these impressive achievements!

2020 Spring Seminar Series

The Martin School will host speakers from the Universities of Georgia, Chicago, Oregon, Colorado and Denver this year. They will be speaking on a variety of public policy topics of interest to the faculty, students and university at large. All are welcome. 

Martin School Open House

The Martin School will host an Open House for any interested students on Wednesday, January 22nd from 3:30 - 6:00 pm on the 18th floor of Patterson Office Tower. This is an informal event, and students can come whenever it's most convenient for them. Current faculty, students, and staff will be there to answer questions and discuss our programs in a casual environment. Students will also have the opportunity to attend a course that night. Feel free to just stop in or stay for the whole class! 

The Class options are

Dr. Zimmer Is One of Top 200 Most Influential Policy Scholars

Rick Hess' "Straight Up" column at Education Week revealed its 2020 list of the top 200 "Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings," and Dr. Ron Zimmer is among the prestigious set. He placed 171st on the list, which selects two hundred scholars from a pool of "20,000 or more who might qualify," wrote Rick Hess. A 29 member selection committee processes the nominees and ranks them based on media exposure, mentions, syllabi and other measures reflecting popular public notice.

Two Martin Alumni Appointed to Governor Beshear's Cabinet

Crystal (Pryor) Staley

Two Martin School alumni, Crystal Staley and John Hicks have been appointed to Gov. Andy Beshear's cabinet. On November 21st it was reported that Crystal Staley would become the "Director of Communications for the governor's office," to quote Jack Brammer. John Hicks, a Martin School Distinguished Alumni (2015) was announced on December 6th as State Budget Director.

Mike Duncan 2019 Public Service Hall of Fame Inductee

Mike Duncan

A Kentuckian whose career has touched the highest levels of government and politics over the course of four decades, Robert M. (Mike) Duncan of Inez, will be inducted into the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame on November 22 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington.

The Hall of Fame was established by the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration in 2012 to recognize individuals for outstanding achievement in public service. Last year’s honoree was long-time Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.

Jeana Dunlap 2019 Distinguished Alumni

Jeana Dunlap, 2019 Distinguished Alumni

Jeana Dunlap, an urbanist and community development practitioner who last year was awarded a 2019 Harvard Loeb Fellowship, has been selected to receive the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Martin Alumnus Kate Shanks named VP of Public Affairs for Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Our graduates often go on to well-respected, valuable and impressive careers. Kate Shanks ('06) is no exception. On Monday November 11, 2019 she was named VP of Public Affairs for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. We congratulate her on this deserved appointment and look forward to a stellar career.

2019 Martin School Student DC Trip Includes CBO Visit

Martin School students visited the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) among other destinations on the annual DC trip. They met with Martin School alum and CBO Principal Analyst of 18 years Matthew Pickford. The DC trip usually lasts for about three days and this year students were in the capital (and near the Capitol) for Halloween. You'll have to ask Kate Connair or Nicolai Petrovsky if anything spooky happened.

Martin School Visits APPAM This Week

Several Martin School faculty and students will be attending, presenting and participating in 2019 Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM).

Dr. Zimmer Co-Investigator on Education Study Wins Grant

UKNOW is reporting that Dr. Ron Zimmer is a co-investigator with Dr. Joseph Waddington of the College of Education and Notre Dame's Dr. Mark Berends and Dr. Joseph Ferrare of the University of Washington-Bothell on a study about school choice that recently received a half-million dollar grant to continue their research.  Read more of the story at UKNOW

Ten Kentucky Women Trailblazers in Public Policy

As part of the recent Wendell Ford Public Policy Lecture, the Martin School marked the eve of next year’s 100th anniversary of women suffrage by recognizing 10 modern-day Kentucky Women Trailblazers for outstanding achievements in their respective careers. See the honorees inside.

Undergraduate Degree in 2020!

The Martin School announced on UKNOW that it will be launching a Public Policy degree (course designation PPL) in the fall of 2020.

October 8th Wendell Ford Lecture

October 8, 2019 4:00pm at the Gatton Student Center's Worsham Cinema the Martin School will host the annual Wendell H. Ford Lecture.

John Hicks Represents NASBO as 2019 NAPA Fellow

Martin School graduate John Hicks recognized by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA or the Academy) for "his role as NASBO's Executive Director and his 35 years of public administration service and expertise." The NASBO full release is copied inside.

New PPL Degree featured on Behind the Blue Podcast

Our own Dr. Genia Toma spoke with Carl Nathe on the Behind the Blue Podcast about the upcoming Public Policy undergraduate degree!

Dr. Kim Facilitates Korean Gov't Visit to Frankfort

On September 20, 2019 The Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort hosted an annual Korean War commemoration ceremony and Dr. Kim helped bring an official from the Korean government.

Martin School Professor Doo Oak Kim Facilitates Exchange Agreement between Korean University and UK

Chonbuk National University news, along with other national news outlets reported that Chonbuk and University of Kentucky signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to for ongoing research collaboration and student exchange programs. The agreements were brokered between Chonbuk President Dr.

Boston Globe Quotes Dr. Zimmer in Article about Providence School Report

Dr. Zimmer provides insight in a recent article released by Boston Globe, discussing school reform in Providence Rhode Island.

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