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LeAnn Beaty

LeAnn Beaty
  • Professor of Government and MPA Director
  • Ph.D., Northern Illinois
  • MPA, Missouri State
  • BA, Alaska Pacific


Contact Information

  • Department: Government
  • Office: Beckham 103
  • Mailing Address: Beckham 100
  • Email:
  • Phone: 859-622-4390


Professor Beaty did not set out to be a professor.  After two years as a student at the University of Minnesota, she took a one year break to go to Alaska on an adventure.  She stayed 22 years, raising a family, finishing her bachelor’s degree at Alaska Pacific University, and working as a paralegal and court administrator. At the end of those 22 years, she found herself traveling down the Alcan Highway again, to pursue a master’s degree in public administrator at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). She says that she could have over-analyzed her choices at that point, about the wisdom of becoming a non-traditional student at a point when many of her peers were winding down their careers, but decided to go ahead and teach for a semester in China, followed by a doctoral program at Northern Illinois University.  In 2008, Professor Beaty set foot in Kentucky for the first time in her life, accepting a position with the EKU Department of Government as one of the five core MPA faculty.

In the MPA program, Dr. Beaty teaches Introduction to Public Administration, one of the core classes of the program.  She also serves as the program director, coordinating the faculty, managing the administrative tasks and governing board, and maintaining the program’s accreditation.  Additionally, like all MPA faculty, she teaches undergraduate courses, including Public Budgeting and Women and Politics.  While she did not start out to be either a budgeteer or a women's studies expert, she has found both topics interesting, and now researches them along with teaching them.  She says that students have to figure out what engages their own curiosity, but also be willing to move outside their comfort zones.

While Dr. Beaty has conducted research on rainy day funds and gender disparity in professional city management, Dr. Beaty’s primary research interests focus on correctional policies and privatization. Working at the federal public defender and court system in Alaska, she saw the justice system up close, and became interested in why incarceration rates were escalating so rapidly. Not surprisingly, one of the first papers she wrote in her master’s program was whether private prisons were a cost-effective solution for ameliorating over-burdened state prisons. The findings were complex, and as the next wave of correctional reforms began to focus on what to do with the also rapidly number of prisoners being released from prison (2/3 of whom, without intervention, typically reoffend in less than three years), she adapted her research interests in her doctoral program towards prisoner reentry. Her dissertation focused on the legal and ethical distinctions between nonprofit and for-profit prison reentry organizations that compete for contracts with state and federal prisons to help former offenders transition back to society, thereby reducing recidivism rates.

Outside of the University, Professor Beaty describes herself as a little bit country, a little bit rock n’roll. She is very proud of her three children’s accomplishments –especially that all are college graduates.  The next goal on her bucket list is to do a cross-country bike trip.


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
POL 801Admin, Ethics, Public Policy  Internet Classes SITESpring 2020
POL 870Public Admin Internship  Internet Classes SITESpring 2020
POL 871Field Study in Public Admin  Internet Classes SITESpring 2020
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