Robin J. Kempf is an Assistant Professor in the UCCS School of Public Affairs. She received a PhD in Public Administration and a JD from the University of Kansas and a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University.
Prior to joining academia, she spent more than 10 years working for the state of Kansas as an attorney in a variety of contexts, including Kansas Supreme Court clerk, Kansas Legislative Auditor, and Associate Counsel for the Kansas Board of Regents. Her last position with the state was as Inspector General for the Kansas Medicaid program. This experience led her to return to school to study public administration, and especially how government takes steps to remain accountable to the citizens.
She has published articles in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, Policy and Society, and International Journal of Public Administration. In addition, she has had a book published by the University Press of Kansas, entitled The Power of Accountability: Offices of Inspector General on the State and Local Levels (2020).
Areas of interest
- Government Accountability
- Offices of Inspector General
- Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption
- Organizational Behavior and Management
- Law and Society
- Accountability through Regulation