College of Education and Public Policy

Assistant Professor Ae-Sook Kim

Ae-Sook Kim, Ph.D.Photo of Ae-Sook Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

  • Office: Neff Hall, 266C
  • Phone: 260-481-0492
  • E-mail:
  • Office Hours:
    Spring 2016 -Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Vita - Prof. Kim's vita


  • The University of Kentucky, Ph.D., 2009, Public Administration
  • The University of Seoul, M.P.A., 2002, Public Administration
  • The University of Seoul, B.P.A., 2000, Public Administration

Research Interests

Professor Ae-Sook Kim’s primary research interests focus on state politics and the policy-making process, focusing on social and health policies. Her research explores how states’ demographic, economic, and political characteristics lead to their unique policy adoptions. Furthermore, it investigates how innovative policies spread from one state to the others in the context of a state’s own political, social, and economic climates, using a theoretical frame of policy diffusion and reinvention. It further delves into how public policies, as an outcome of the policy decision-making process, influence citizens’ well-being. She also explores nursing home quality variations across facilities and regions, and the determinants of those variations, paying careful attention to the role of nursing home administrators and the market conditions in which each facility is embedded. Her work has been published in leading journals of health policy and health services research such as the Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Health Care Management Review.

Selected Publications

Kim, Ae-Sook. (2016). Market Conditions and Performance in the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Rating.  Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.  Accepted for publication.

Kim, Ae-Sook. (2015). Nursing Home Report Card and Performance Gap. Health Care Management Review. Advance online publication. doi: 0.1097/HMR.0000000000000080.

Gichungeh, Irene, & Kim, Ae-Sook. (2015). The Mediating Role of Staffing on Quality of Care in Non-profit and For-profit Nursing Homes in Indiana, Journal of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences, 18, 88-102.

Kim, Ae-Sook, & Jennings, Edward T. (2012). The Evolution of an Innovation: Variations in Medicaid Managed Care Program Extensiveness. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, 37(5), 815–849.

Choi, Sheena, Slaubaugh, Michael, & Kim, Ae-Sook. (2012). International Exchange as a Transformative Learning Experience: A Case Study. International Journal of Educational Reform, 21(3), 160–172.

Kim, Ae-Sook, & Jennings, Edward T. (2011). Explaining Variations in Medicaid Managed Care Program Coverage. International Journal of Policy Studies, 2(1), 57–72.

Kim, Ae-Sook, & Jennings, Edward T. (2009). Effects of U.S. States’ Social Welfare Systems on Population Health. Policy Studies Journal, 37(4), 745–767. [Highlighted by the PSJ]. 


IPFW Grant-in-Aid of Research/Creative Activity. 2013-2014. ($1,000; Received.)

IPFW Graduate Research Assistantship. Fall 2012 – Spring 2013. “Do Nonprofit Nursing Homes Do Better than For-profit Nursing Homes? Empirical Evidence in Indiana.” ($13,190 along with a remission of tuition and fees; Received.)

Purdue Research Foundation Research Grants. 2012. “Income Distribution, Welfare, and Economic Growth: Evidence Towards Social Investment Theory in American States.” ($8,000; Received.)


Chair, Assessment Committee, Department of Public Policy, Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fall 2013 – present.

Article and Book Proposal Reviews [The Policy Studies Journal; Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Publius: The Journal of Federalism; CQ Press]

Member, Parkview Hospital Community Advisory Board, Summer 2013 – Present.