Research Associate
samantha.ball@utah.edu
801-581-6491

Samantha W. Ball is a research associate at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute where she provides research, analysis, facilitation, and instruction on a range of subjects including deliberative community engagement and public policy.

Dr. Ball is involved in advancing informed non-partisan public deliberation on policy issues through the Gardner Policy Institute’s role as a Kettering Foundation Center for Public Life. Her informed public deliberation work builds upon her published research on the potential impact of educational and deliberative forums on public opinion and policy-making. Previous Gardner Policy Institute work has focused on Utah State health and human service needs such as a process evaluation for the Healthy Child Care Initiative; a five-year strategic plan for the Utah Department of Health Immunization Program; school, health system, and environmental policy agendas for Utah Department of Health’s asthma program; and an analysis of diabetes reporting on death certificates.

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.