Robin J. Kempf

Robin J. Kempf

Assistant Professor
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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 was Inspector General of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, the state entity that oversaw the Medicaid program and the state employee health plan. 

Her academic research explores formal and informal methods to help keep govenrment accountable to the public.  She researches instituions such as offices of inspector general, policies such as background checks, and the nature of accountability relationships, such as the role of trust in governance networks. 

Course Taught

PAD 701: Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption

PAD 705: Organizational Theory

PAD 758: Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability

PAD 764: Healthcare Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

Scholarly Work

Feldman, Dan, Eichenthal, David, and Kempf, Robin. J. (forthcoming).  Offices of Inspector General in the United States.  Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance.  Edited by Farazmand, Ali.

Kempf, Robin J., and Cabrera, Jessica C.  (2018).  The de facto independence of federal offices of inspector general.  American Review of Public Administration, doi: 10.1177/0275074018783012.

Getha-Taylor, Heather, Grayer, Misty, Kempf, Robin J., and O’Leary, Rosemary. (2018).  Collaborating in the absence of trust?  What collaborative governance theory and practice can learn from the literatures of conflict resolution, psychology, and law.  American Review of Public Administration, doi: 10.1177/0275074018773089.

Kempf, Robin J. (2017). The state of federal inspectors general studies: Review of The Accountability State: US Federal Inspectors General and the Pursuit of Democratic Integrity by Nadia Hilliard. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,

Kempf, Robin J., & Binns, Chelsea. (2017).  Balancing integrity with privacy interests: Fighting cyber-corruption with background checks.  New York, NY: Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity.

Kempf, Robin J., and Graycar, Adam. (2017).  Dimensions of authority in oversight agencies: American and Australian comparisons.  International Journal of Public Administration, doi: 10.1080/01900692.2017.1347947.

Kempf, Robin J. (2016).  Review of The Art of the Watchdog: Fighting Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption in Government by Daniel L. Feldman and Daniel R. Eichenthal.  Journal of Public Affairs Education, 22(2), 313-14

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, Jocelyn, 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.

Kempf, Robin J., Michael Heim, and Jerry A. Donaldson. (1998). 1998 Legislative Update.  Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, 14-40.

Research Summary