Nicole Humphrey

Doctoral Student
Primary office:
4060 Wescoe Hall


Nicole Humphrey is a doctoral student and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Before entering the doctoral program, she completed her bachelor’s degrees in political science and public administration at the University of Kansas. During that time, Nicole was in the McNair Scholars Program and worked as an undergraduate research assistant on the Sociolegal Justice Project.

Nicole’s research interests include local government, urban policy, and social equity. Her current research focuses on exploring how social equity is conceptualized and operationalized by government officials, and the impact this has on the communities they serve. Other areas of interest include community development and citizen engagement.


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Ranked in the top 10 master of public affairs programs in the nation
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#1 in the nation for city management and urban policy

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#5 in the nation for public management

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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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