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Professor Kimberley Isett


University of Delaware

Faculty: Subject/program leads

United States

Areas of expertise

  • Evidence-based services and policy
  • Interorganisational networks
  • Organisation theory
  • Systems change
EMPA Faculty Kimberley Isett

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Kimberley Roussin Isett earned a Ph.D. (Management, Organization Theory) and M.P.A. (Health and Human Services, Policy) from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Her research focuses on institutional pressures and dynamics in implementing government services, with a particular interest in the delivery of services to vulnerable populations, and the use of evidence in public decision-making. Her goal is to do research that aids government organizations to find their optimal system design given their political, policy, regulatory, and financial constraints. To date, Dr. Isett has been the PI or co-PI on grants totalling over $13m. She was recognized by the Academy of Management in both 2001 and 2002 for excellence in research and participated in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Mental Health Policy Research Network from 2002 until 2008. Isett has worked with elected officials and policymakers at all levels of government on a variety of issues. Prior to joining the Biden School, Dr. Isett was on faculty at Georgia Tech, Columbia University, and Texas A&M, and completed a NIMH sponsored post doc at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Career Highlights:

Approximately $13 million in research grants
Director Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Management, University of Delaware, Newark, USA
Past Director of Graduate Studies, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
Extensive research, policy and advisory work with government agencies at state a nd federal level.
Chair, National Research Council on Poverty Alleviation (2015-2019)
Numerous Best Paper awards: Public Management Review, American Review of Public Administration, American Academy of Management
Extensive editorial board service in leading international journals of public administration
Teachnology Faculty Fellow, Columbia University MSPH 2010
Georgia Tech Center for Teaching and Learning Student nominated accolade, 2016
Outstanding Professor recognition, 2013

Faculty Appointments:

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
School of Public Policy
Columbia University, New York, New York
Department of Health Policy and Management
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
George Bush School of Government and Public Service

ANZSOG programs

Kimberely Isett teaches in the following ANZSOG courses:

Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)- Decision Making Under Uncertainty