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.
- Performance Evaluation
- Public Management in Africa
- Policy Process
- Research Methods
- Comparative Politics
- 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