Kathleen Hale

Kathleen Hale, JD, PhD, is Professor of Political Science at Auburn University where she serves as the Director of the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program and the Graduate Program in Election Administration, which offers the nation’s first Graduate Certificate in Election Administration. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public administration and public policy. Her published work includes six books and numerous journal articles and focuses on how to improve capacity and outcomes of through intergovernmental and inter-organizational arrangements

Dr. Hale serves on the Board of Directors for the Election Center, the national professional association of election officials. She directs Auburn faculty in their partnership with the Election Center’s professional certification program in election administration, called CERA. Since 2013, Kathleen has directed the Election Center’s Professional Measurement Project, a data-driven investigation of administrative processes of interest to election officials that has focused on mail ballots and election budgets.

At Auburn, Kathleen has published two books on election administration, Why Don’t Americans Vote? Causes and Consequences, with Dr. Bridgett King (2016) and Administering Elections: How American Elections Work, with Drs. Robert Montjoy and Mitchell Brown (2015). She is the series editor for Palgrave MacMillan for its Election, Technology, and Voting series and the Book Review Editor for Election Law Journal. At Auburn University, she directs the largest team of faculty in the country who specialize in the applied study of election administration. She has been named the chair of the Election Administration and Leadership Section for the accrediting body, Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), to lead the development of curricular standards for graduate education in the field, and serves on the advisory board of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, which disseminates research about the conduct of elections to academic and practitioner audiences.

Hale is a frequent speaker on election administration issues around the country, frequent trainer for election offices, and is a leader in the growing community of scholars and researchers concerned about how election officials do their jobs.