Faculty

LeAnn Beaty, Ph.D.
MPA Director and Professor of Political Science

Image Dr. LeAnn Beaty

Education: 

B.A. Alaska Pacific University
M.P.A.Missouri State University
Ph.D. Northern Illinois University, Political Science

Email: Leann.Beaty@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-4390

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Correctional privatization

  • Distinctions between private, nonprofit and for-profit reentry organizations

  • Gender Disparity in Local Government Management
  • Intergovernmental contracting

Publications:

Dr. Beaty’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • The Journal of Public Affairs Education
  • Journal of Public Administration, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China
  • The CASE Journal
  • PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement
  • East European Politics and Societies
  • Public Administration Quarterly

Awards/Accolades:

  • Junior Faculty Summer Research Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University, 2009–2010
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award, Graduate School, Northern Illinois University, 2007–2008
  • Public Sector Financial Management (PSFM) Fellowship, Portland, Oregon, Summer 2005
  • Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life Fellowship, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO, Spring 2002 

Matthew Howell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Image Matthew Howell

Education: 

B.A. Missouri State University
M.P.P. University of Kentucky
Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Public Administration

Email: Matthew.Howell@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-4392

Research/Academic Interests:

  • The ways individuals can organize politically to govern themselves through interest groups, informal networks, and local governments

Publications:

Dr. Howell’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Urban Studies
  • The Latin Americanist

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Intern for the Office of the Majority Whip of the United States House of Representatives
  • Served on a youth advisory board for the City of Blue Springs, MO
  • Worked for the City of Paducah, KY, City Manager’s Intern and Assistant
  • Former instructor of political science at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University

Awards/Accolades:
Distinguished Educational Leader Award (2015-2016)Bill Collins Award Honorable Mention (2010)


Randall Swain, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Image Randall Swain

Education: 

M.A. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
M.P.A. University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Ph.D. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Political Science

Email: Randall.Swain@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-6747

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Intersection of religion and politics in the African American community

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Former instructor of political science at the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University

Military Service: 

United States Army


Jeongwoo Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Image Jeongwoo Kim

Education: 

B.A. Korea University
M.A. Korea University
M.P.A Arizona State University
Ph.D. Arizona State University, Public Administration 

Email: Jeongwoo.Kim@eku.edu

Phone: 859-622-1025

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Public Budgeting and Finance
  • State Government Investment Pools
  • Governmental Accounting

Publications:

Dr. Kim’s work can be found in several journals including: 

  • Public Budgetind and Finance
  • Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management

He has also co-authored and co-edited chapters in: 

  • Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Association for Budgeting and Financial Management
  • American Society for Public Administration