Faculty & Staff Directory

Ashley Jardina

Ashley
Jardina

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Garrett Hall 106

As of Fall 2023, Ashley Jardina is an assistant professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Jardina’s research focuses on racial attitudes, racial conflict, and the way in which group identities influence political preferences in the United States.

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Peter Johannessen

Peter
Johannessen

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Garrett Hall L038

Peter Johannessen is an assistant professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Johannessen’s research explores how popular participation shapes the local policy-making process, including projects that focus on local electoral responsiveness and the design of participatory governance institutions in Brazil.

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Justin Kirkland

Justin
H.
Kirkland

Professor of Politics and Public Policy
S162 Gibson Hall

Justin H. Kirkland is a professor of politics and public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.  Kirkland specializes in American politics, legislative politics, and subnational politics. His research focuses on understanding the relationship between public opinion and legislative behavior, institutional rules and legislative outcomes, and methods for analyzing legislative choices.

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marie larounis

Marie
Larounis

Lab Manager, Applied Public Policy and Leadership Experiments Lab and Social Cognition and Behavior Lab

Marie Larounis is the Lab Manager for the Applied Public Policy and Leadership Experiments Lab and the Social Cognition and Behavior Lab in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

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Dana Laurens

Dana
Laurens

Assistant Director of Career Services & Alumni Engagement
Garrett Hall L002A

Dana Laurens most recently served as National Deputy Director for Advocacy, Policy Engagement & Partnerships at Education Reform Now, a national think-tank in Washington, DC, where she lobbied federal lawmakers to advance progressive policies that maximize educational opportunities for all students. 

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Jennifer Lawless

Jennifer
Lawless

Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor of Politics and Professor of Public Policy
264 Gibson Hall

Jennifer L. Lawless is the Leone Reaves and George W. Spicer Professor of Politics and professor of public policy at the University of Virginia and at the Batten School. Lawless is also a Senior Fellow at UVA's Miller Center. Her research focuses on political ambition, campaigns and elections, and media and politics.

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David Leblang

David
Leblang

Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics and Public Policy

David Leblang is a professor of public policy at the Batten School, the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and the Randolph Compton Professor of Public Affairs at UVA's Miller Center. Leblang is a scholar of political economy with research interests in global migration and in the politics of financial markets.

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Brooke Lehmann

Brooke Lehmann is a lecturer at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. A national expert on the design, development, and reform of pediatric health/mental health services, special education and child welfare systems, her work addresses policies ranging from school-based health care to international crisis support for children and families.

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Michael Lenox

Michael
Lenox

Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business and Professor of Public Policy; Senior Faculty Fellow, UVA Miller Center; Senior Advisor to the Dean, Darden

Michael J. Lenox is the Tayloe Murphy Professor of Business Administration and special advisor for the dean at the Darden School of Business; senior faculty fellow at the Miller Center, where he serves as an Academic Co-Director of the Project on Democracy and Capitalism; and professor of public policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Lenox's primary expertise is in the domain of technology strategy and policy. He is broadly interested in the role of innovation and entrepreneurship for economic growth and firm competitive success.

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Craig Lindqvist

Craig
Lindqvist

Associate Dean for Administration
(434) 243-7528

Craig Lindqvist serves as the Associate Dean for Administration at the Batten School where he oversees the school's business affairs, planning, finances, personnel, technology, facilities, and other non-academic functions.

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Molly Lipscomb

Molly
Lipscomb

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Director of Social Innovation @ UVA

Molly Lipscomb is an associate professor of public policy and economics at the Batten School and the Director of the Center for Social Innovation at the University of Virginia.  Lipscomb’s research focuses primarily on environmental issues in developing countries and adaptation to lack of centralized health and sanitation services. 

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Jennifer Ludovici

Jennifer
Ludovici

NSPC Director of Operations and Research Initiatives

Jennifer Ludovici is the NSPC Director of Operations & Research Initiatives. She has over 18 years of experience in higher education administration in both the public and private sector. In her role at the NSPC, she focuses on faculty research collaboration, project coordination and program development as well as general operations and communications. Jennifer holds a post-graduate certificate in project management from UVA, and a BA/MEd in history and education from James Madison University.

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Christine Mahoney

Christine
Mahoney

Professor of Public Policy and Politics
Garrett Hall L020C

Christine Mahoney is a professor of public policy and politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.  She studies social justice advocacy, activism and direct action through social entrepreneurship.

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Brandy Marsh

Brandy
Marsh

Senior Business Services Specialist

Brandy Marsh is a Senior Business Services Specialist with the Frank Batten School. She joined Batten in 2020, bringing her administrative experience in various UVA and commercial roles to the team. Brandy specializes in all aspects of Workday financials and grant management. She's the proud parent of five awesome children and a lifelong resident of the Charlottesville area.

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Paul Martin

Paul
S.
Martin

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Garrett Hall L037

Paul Martin is an associate professor at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Martin studies how and when political elites respond to the preferences of ordinary people; political participation and advocacy, how and when citizens become involved in the policy process; on the role of mass media; and on the origins and consequences of social capital .

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Isaac Mbiti

Isaac
Mbiti

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Isaac M. Mbiti is an associate professor of public policy and economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His research has focused broadly on African economic development with particular interests in examining the role of education policies such as free primary education and teacher performance pay programs. Mbiti's ongoing research projects in East and West Africa evaluate various policies that aim to improve the livelihoods of African youth through training programs.

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Cat McCue

Cathryn
McCue

Assistant Director of Communications

Cathryn McCue brings extensive communications, storytelling, public service, and policy experience to the Batten School from her prior roles at the UVA Office for Sustainability, Charlottesville-based environmental nonprofit organizations Appalachian Voices and Southern Environmental Law Center, and the Roanoke Times. She is an avid hiker and camper, and rides her bike to work more often than not.

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Naseemah Mohamed

Naseemah
Mohamed

Postdoctoral Research Associate, UVA Humanitarian Collaborative
Minor Hall 227D

Naseemah Mohamed is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the UVA Humanitarian Collaborative at the University of Virginia. Her research is focused on the relationships amongst education, media, race, global politics, and violence in decolonial movements in Southern Africa in the 20th century. 

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Alexandra Moore

Alexandra
Moore

Director of Development

Alex most recently served at the Vice President of Philanthropy at the YMCA of Greater Richmond where she built a trusted high-performing team and delivered sustained philanthropic support of YMCA programming over the past 8 years.  Prior to the Y, Alex spent almost 5 years in university fundraising (and earned an MS in Sports Leadership) from VCU. She is an active board volunteer with the Children’s Museum of Richmond and is exceptionally motivated by the Batten School mission of supporting positive social change through knowledge generation and developing informed leaders capable of tackling our toughest challenges.

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Bala Mulloth

Bala
Mulloth

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Garrett Hall L020A

Bala Mulloth is an assistant professor at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Mulloth is a globally oriented educator and entrepreneur and his work focuses on innovation and social entrepreneurship.

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Jennett
Murphy

Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs
Garrett Hall L042

Jennett Murphy is the Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs at the Batten School and is responsible for supporting and managing processes to advance the success of the faculty.

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Noah Myung

Noah
Myung

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Noah Myung is an associate professor of public policy and economics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. He is an experimental and behavioral economist with research interests in game theory, organizational economics, and financial economics. Myung's current research deals with equilibrium selection in coordination games as well as information sharing between competitors

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