Dr. Charles “Chuck” Epp has been named one of five new University Distinguished Professors, the Provost’s Office announced. The appointments will be effective beginning with the fall 2016 semester.
A mainstay at KU and the School of Public Affairs & Administration for almost 20 years, Dr. Epp has taught 14 different courses (so far!), won several teaching awards, including a Kemper Fellowship; chaired six dissertations; organized two scholarly symposia; served on various University boards; and currently leads seminar sessions for graduate students through KU’s Institute for Policy and Social Research. He is a highly sought after conference speaker and a prolific writer, regularly contributing articles and book reviews to a wide range of publications.
Dr. Epp’s scholarship and research in law, social change, and administrative reform have made him a leading authority on civil rights theory and implementation. He has authored or co-authored three books related to racial discrimination, and he is currently conducting a study examining the growth of city spending on police forces over the last 65 years. He is also currently carrying out an NSF-funded study on the structure and effects of strategic litigation campaigns, with a focus on environmental groups' broad campaign over the last fifteen years to shift energy production from fossil fuels to renewable sources.
“Chuck Epp is the rare scholar whose research is truly distinguished in both its scholarly impact and public relevance, and who is also broadly and deeply committed to public service,” said Reggie Robinson, Director of the School of Public Affairs & Administration, who nominated Epp on behalf of the School’s faculty and remarkable scholars at seven other universities.
Since 1958, fewer than 100 KU faculty have been named Distinguished Professors, and each has been selected based on criteria that include scholarship, a commitment to teaching and learning, a wide range of interests in related fields and professional organizations, and dedication to the wellbeing of the community.