Kimberley Isett

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of Public Policy
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Kimberley Roussin Isett is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy. She earned a Ph.D. in management with a specialization in organization theory from the University of Arizona in 2001. Dr. Isett has concentrated her research on institutional pressures and dynamics in implementing government services, with a particular interest in the delivery of services to vulnerable populations. Her goal is to help government organizations find their optimal system design given their political, policy, regulatory, and financial constraints.  To date, Dr. Isett has been awarded just under $1M in research grant money as Principal Investigator.

  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, Management (Organization Theory), June 2001
  • M.P.A., University of Arizona, (Health and Human Services), December 1998
  • B.A., Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, (International Relations), May 1994
Research Fields:
  • Policy Process, Leadership, and Pre-Law
  • Program Evaluation, Public Management and Administration
  • United States
  • Health
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • PUBP-4010: Policy Task Force I
  • PUBP-4020: Policy Task Force II
  • PUBP-8813: Special Topics
  • PUBP-8823: Special Topics
  • PUBP-8833: Special Topics
Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  • The unbearable emptiness of tweeting—About journal articles
       In: PlosOne [Peer Reviewed]

    November 2017

  • An Investigation Into the Characteristics of Papers With High Scholarly Citations in Public Administration
       In: Review of Public Personnel Administration [Peer Reviewed]

    March 2017

    In this article, we investigate characteristics associated with highly cited journal articles in Public Administration, especially the extent to which high impact contributions are theoretical. Using citations as a measure of scholarly influence, we used a mixed qualitative and bibliometric approach to understand the factors associated with the most highly cited articles in Public Administration in the last 20 years. Specifically, we assessed the extent to which each article was theoretical or empirical in nature, the role of the journal in which each article was published, and the extent to which the article’s impact spanned disciplines. Results indicate that theoretical development, the journal in which an article is published, and strategic placement with regard to the intended audience matter for scholarly impact. We also identify that theoretical versus empirical approach of subdisciplines is aligned with the maturity of that subdiscipline, consistent with Kuhn’s ideas of scientific evolution.

  • Dental Blogs, Podcasts, and Associated Social Media: Descriptive Mapping and Analysis
       In: Journal of Medical Internet Research [Peer Reviewed]