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Director, Leadership and Governance Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and MPPA Program (non-tenure)
PhD, Political Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette
Dr. Cahill develops and manages all public programs and related initiatives, student engagement programs, communications, promotion, and oversees the facility. She joined the Baker Center as Associate Director in May 2017. Previously, she worked with the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication at Purdue University as the associate director.
While at Purdue, Dr. Cahill also worked on a task force that developed a $3 million public policy research institute, conducted assessments to overcome a $67 million shortfall in the university budget, acted as the deputy director of a civic engagement project that was the recipient of a $1 million grant, assisted in the organization of an inaugural Washington D.C. practicum with C-SPAN, independently taught courses on public policy and women in politics, advocated for graduate students as the president of the Political Science Graduate Student Association, and for two years held the editorial assistant position for the Western Political Science Association’s new official journal, Politics, Groups, and Identities. Her personal website can be found here.
Dr. Cahill holds a doctorate in political science from Purdue. Her major field is public policy, with minor concentrations in comparative politics and public health. Her research uses an interdisciplinary, multi-method, and puzzle-driven approach to examine public health policies and outcomes in developing contexts. Dr. Cahill is highly motivated to conduct research that has both theoretical and practical implications. For her research on child immunization, she conducted over 9 months of fieldwork interviewing public health officials and representatives of international organizations in the countries of India and Bangladesh.
Cahill, Katie. 2015. “Social Science Mechanics: A Graduate Training Module that “Looks under the Hood” at Innovative Research Designs” PS: Political Science (April) with Mike Brownstein, Amanda Burke, and Christopher Kulesza and James A. McCann
Cahill, Katie. 2013. “APSA Teaching and Learning Graduate Education Track Summary” PS: Political Science (July) with Siona Robin Listokin and Antoinette Christophe, 653-54.
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Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee
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