Samantha W. Ball, MPP, PhD


Samantha W. Ball is a senior research associate at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute where she provides research, analysis, facilitation, survey work, and instruction on a range of subjects including early childhood mental health, early childhood services, family-friendly workplace policies, dignity in political speech, and deliberative community engagement.

Dr. Ball holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah. Prior to working at the Gardner Policy Institute, Dr. Ball worked in Washington DC as a Congressional legislative assistant and as a program analyst at the Department of Education and at the Department of Health and Human Services. She has also served as an adjunct instructor in Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Utah.


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