Robin J. Kempf

Robin J. Kempf

Assistant Professor
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Harren Hall, Rm. 52305


PhD, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas, December 2014.

JD, School of Law, University of Kansas, May 1996.

BA, Major in American Studies, Minor in Music, Brandeis University, May 1991.


Robin J. Kempf has been an Assistant Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York since Fall 2014.  She teaches in the Public Management Department.   She holds a PhD and a juris doctorate from the University of Kansas, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. 

Prior to returning to school to pursue her PhD, she served as an attorney in several positions for the government of the State of Kansas, including for the Legislative Post Audit Division and the State Board of Regents.  The last position she held with was Inspector General of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, the entity that oversaw the Medicaid program and the state employee health plan.  Her academic research are related to her professional experience.  She researches issues of corruption, government accountability, and public institutions.  Recently, she her focus has been on Offices of Inspectors General.


Kempf, Robin J. (2015).  Crafting accountability policy: Designing offices of inspector general. Policy and Society, 34, 137-149, doi: 10.1016/j.polsoc.2015.05.003.

Romzek, Barbara, Leroux, Kelly, Johnston, Joceyn, Kempf, Robin J., and Piatak, Jaclyn S.  (2013). Informal accountability in multisector service delivery collaborations.  Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 23 (3), doi: 10.1093/jopart/mut027.




Research interest

Government Accountability and Anti-Corruption; The Development and Evolution of Institutions; The Politics of Policy Implementation; Public Administration and Democracy: Law & Society; and Health Care Oversight