Charles R. Epp

University Distinguished Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 4060R


Chuck Epp’s teaching and research focuses on law, social change and administrative reform, with a particular emphasis on rights and racial discrimination. His research has been supported by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation, and he is the author of many journal articles and several books published by the University of Chicago Press: The Rights Revolution: Lawyers, Activists, and Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspective, which won the C. Herman Pritchett Award and the Lasting Contribution Award of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, Making Rights Real: Activists, Bureaucrats, and the Creation of the Legalistic State, which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association, and Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship, co-authored with colleagues Steven Maynard-Moody and Donald Haider-Markel, which won the Best Book Award from the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research, the Choice outstanding academic title award, and received honorable mention for three other book awards. Epp has received a number of teaching awards, including the university-wide Kemper Teaching Award, and has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the Law & Society Association and as an associate editor of the Journal of Law & Courts.


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Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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