New Director for Center for Public Policy and Administration

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Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D., has been appointed as director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA), which is housed in the College of Social and Behavioral Science. David Rudd, dean of the college, notes: “Jennifer is held in high regard in both the business and government community as well as on campus. She offers great promise not only for CPPA, but the college and broader university community.”

Joining in fall of 2005, Robinson has spent the last year as interim director of the center, which has offered research, education and consultation services to government and non-profit entities since 1946. She co-authored “Native Vote: American Indians, the Voting Rights Act, and the Right to Vote” with Susan Olson and Dan McCool in 2007. Additionally, Robinson is co-editor with W. David Patton of “The Rise of the West in Presidential Elections” published in 2010 by The University of Utah Press. Her primary research interests include American government, elections, political participation, governance and public administration. As director, she will oversee the research, outreach and evaluation units of the Center for Public Policy and Administration.

Robinson currently is working on a number of research projects for local and state governments, co-editing a book with Patton on policies in the western U.S., and developing a book on American Indian political behavior based upon the research completed for her dissertation. In previous roles, she has worked for the University of Utah as a research associate and a staffer for the Utah House of Representatives. Robinson is a member of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Capitol Club, the Utah League of Cities and Towns’ Policy Advisory Board, and the University of Utah’s Veterans Day Committee.