Dr. Kellee KirkpatrickAssistant Professor
Fax: (208) 282-4833
Ph.D. University of Kansas, 2012
Dr. Kellee J. Kirkpatrick recently earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas where she concentrated her studies in American politics and public policy. She also earned a graduate certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies while at KU. Dr. Kirkpatrick has a diverse educational background including a master's degree in Strategic Communications and undergraduate degrees in Public Relations, Print Journalism, and Vocal Performance.
Dr. Kirkpatrick's research agenda examines issues of reproductive policy and specifically focuses on questions that concern how and why governments regulate private, social issues. Recently she has explored the behavior of state governments when there is an intersection of morality and economic interests, and she has tracked how certain morality issues evolve over time. Because these issues are often further complicated by public attention, her research inherently involves an examination of how interest group activity and media frames influence public opinion, political behavior, and the policy process. Her research often necessitates a mixed methods approach, and consequently, she utilizes a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to provide a richer understanding of these deeply personal issues.
She is currently working on a book project which examines state regulation of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). This project explores the emergence of assisted reproductive technologies in the United States and examines the ways in which governments have played a role in regulating who has access to fertility treatments and how these technologies can be used. More broadly, this project seeks to understand issues of body regulation and how race, class, sexuality, gender, and a multi-billion dollar industry intersect and influence the regulation of who can become a parent.
Dr. Kirkpatrick also recently had an article in Policy Studies Journal, where she and her co-author examine the unique case of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. This article explored how the issue evolved into a national debate over parental rights, morality, public health, and the economic interests of a pharmaceutical giant.
Dr. Kirkpatrick has extensive teaching experience at several universities including the University of Kansas, Texas A&M University, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has taught courses on American politics, state politics, public policy, research methods, media and politics, women in politics, and reproductive politics and policy. She is excited to become a part of the university community and looks forward to working with the talented students at Idaho State University!
- Please check out my complete ISU Curriculum Vitae.
- Women in Politics
- Media & Politics
- American Politics
- Reproductive Politics & Policy
- Public Policy Theory
- State Politics
- Research Methods
1. Climate Scientists and Environmental Interest Groups: The Intersection of Expertise and Advocacy. (with Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, James W. Stoutenborough, and Arnold Vedlitz) Politics, Groups, and Identities, 2(1): 120-134 (2014).
2. Giving Girls a Shot: An Examination of Mandatory Vaccination Legislation. (with Alesha E. Doan) Policy Studies Journal, 41(2): 295-318 (2013).
3. Confidence in the Press: The Impact of Political Events on an Individual's Confidence. (with James W. Stoutenborough) Public Opinion Pros, www.publicopinionpros.com, April (2007).