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Jeannette Blackmar

Doctoral Candidate
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4060 Wescoe Hall

Jeannette Blackmar is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. She grew up in Rochester, New York and earned master’s degrees in anthropology and museum studies from the University of Kansas. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Jeannette gained ten years of professional work experience in the arts and cultural nonprofit subsector. She most recently served as the Program Manager for the Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Council.
Jeannette’s primary research and teaching areas include collaborative governance, nonprofit leadership and management, citizen engagement and community sustainability. Her dissertation examines direct citizen participation in local policy-making in the United States. She is a 2014-2015 Institute for Policy and Social Research (IPSR) Doctoral Research Fellow and a member of IPSR’s Graduate Working Group on Qualitative Research. Jeannette was the recipient of the School’s 2013-2014 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Her dissertation advisors are Steven Maynard-Moody and Heather Getha-Taylor.

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Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
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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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