We specialize in analyzing policy questions that most affect urban areas, often using the Charlotte area as our research laboratory. Our Ph.D. students specialize in urban policy, social policy, economic policy, education policy, and environmental policy, just to name a few.
Karen's research interests are evaluation, local government, community development, and women's issues.
Current Research: Karen's current research is on performance in local government in Kenya. Her focus is on the Kenya Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and the role of Members of Parliament in the implementation of grassroots development projects. In recent work she has analysed the managerial quality of these officials and the political and institutional factors that affect their performance as public managers within the CDF context. Karen is currently working as part of a team that is assessing the Charlotte City Mayor's Youth Employment Program.
Public Management in Africa
Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, State University of New York
IT Chair, Mecklenburg County Women’s Advisory Board
Member, Graduate and Professional Student Government Finance Committee at UNCC
Logistics Chair, Graduate Research Symposium Committee at UNCC
Selected participant of the doctoral teaching associate program at UNCC
Okhoya, Karen & Claudia Avellaneda. “Assessing the Performance of Kenyan Constituency Development Fund Committees.” Forthcoming.
Okhoya, Karen. “Politics and Performance: Assessing the Role of Councilors in the Kenya Constituency Development Fund Program.” At the Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois. April 11-14, 2013
Okhoya, Karen & Claudia Avellaneda. “Assessing the Performance of Kenyan Constituency Development Fund Committees.” At the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana. January 12-14, 2012
Okhoya, Karen & Claudia Avellaneda. “Assessing the Performance of Kenyan Constituency Development Fund Committees.” At the 41st North Carolina Political Science Association Annual Meeting – 2012. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. February 24, 2012