Faculty

LeAnn Beaty, Ph.D.
MPA Director and Professor 

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.
Associate 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)


Mikhail Ivonchyk, Ph.D.

Mikhail Ivonchyk, Ph.D.

Education:

LL.M.  Belarusian State University, School of International Affairs, Master of Laws,Minsk Belarus

LL.M.  The University of Georgia, School of Law, Master of Laws, Athens GA

Ph.D.  The University of Georgia, Department of Public Administration & Policy, Ph.D. Concentration in Public Finance & Budgeting, Public Policy, Athens GA

Email: Mikhail.Ivonchyk@eku.edu
Phone: 859-622-3989

Research/Academic Interests:

  • Public budgeting and financial management
  • Municipal finance
  • Public policy process at the state and local levels
  • Dr. Ivonchyk’s research employs a variety of methodological approaches for cross-sectional and panel datasets including computation text analysis used to analyze and quantify large collections of text documents

Publications:

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

  • “The Impact of Dodd-Frank on True Interest Cost of Municipal Bonds: Evidence from California,” Mikhail Ivonchyk. Public Budgeting & Finance 39, no. 1 (2019): 3-23.
  • “The Costs and Benefits of Volunteering Programs in the Public Sector: A Longitudinal Study of Municipal Governments,” Mikhail Ivonchyk. The American Review of Public Administration49, no 6, (2019): 689–703.
  • “Homestead Exemptions and Efficiency: Using DEA to Examine Georgia County School Districts,” Deborah Carroll, Mikhail Ivonchyk, Sarah Larson. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management31, no. 1 (2019): 26-44.
  • “Competition in First-Price Bid Auctions for City and County Debt,” Mikhail Ivonchyk, Tima T. Moldogaziev. Municipal Finance Journal39, no. 4 (2019): 1-27.

Associations/Affiliations/Work History:

  • Department of Government, Eastern Kentucky University, Assistant professor, 2019 – Present
  • Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant

Awards/Accolades:

  • Ph.D. Student of the Year Award (April 2018),Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, Athens GA

Jeongwoo Kim, Ph.D.
Associate 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 Budgeting 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

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