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Patrick J. Gauding is a PhD candidate in public policy and American politics at the University of Kansas. His research and teaching interests focus on government policies impacting marginalized populations. His dissertation research focuses on the politics and administration of criminal justice reform at the state and local level, specifically the diffusion, implementation, and financial administration of criminal diversion programs, as well as public support for such programs. His work contributes to literatures within public policy, state and local politics, public opinion, and research methods. He holds a BA in History and a MA in Political Science from the University of Cincinnati.