A financial management expert will lead the UIC Public Finance Research Center
Deborah Carroll, an expert in public and nonprofit financial management, has been named director of the Public Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His appointment, which received approval from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on July 22, is effective August 16, 2021.
Carroll joins UIC from the University of Central Florida, where she is an associate professor in the School of Public Administration and director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management. Her role at UIC will also include a faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Public Administration.
She will succeed the center’s director and founder, Michael A. Pagano, dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, who will retire later this year.
“For nearly 20 years, I have known Michael Pagano as an advisor, mentor and friend. It is an honor to have the opportunity to carry on his legacy as head of the Center for Research on Public Finance and to continue the important work of the center and its affiliated professors. I feel like I’m coming home,” Carroll said.
Carroll’s research focuses on management and policy issues of state and local governments, particularly related to taxation, income diversification and urban economic development, as well as the interdependence of public sectors and the nonprofit and implications for tax policy, nonprofit management, and public service. arrangement. She has produced over 50 academic publications and over a dozen grant-funded white papers and technical reports.
“Professor Carroll enjoys a national and international reputation for his scholarship in the broad field of state and local government finance. His energy and vision will most certainly increase the visibility and impact of the centre’s work. Deborah is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between academic research and the everyday world of budgeting, finance and taxation. UIC will benefit from his energy, drive and vision,” said Pagano.
Carroll is editor of the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, which focuses on bridging practice and research in public affairs.
In other service to the profession, Carroll has served on the boards of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (2011-2013) and the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (2006-2008), as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Public Budgeting. , Accounting, and Financial Management (2020-present) and Urban Affairs Review (2009-2011), as associate editor of Public Administration Review (2015-2017) and as treasurer of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management ( 2013-2018).
Prior to joining UCF in 2017, Carroll was a faculty member at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and the University of Georgia. She began her career in public service as a budget and policy analyst for the city of Milwaukee.
Carroll earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy, a master’s degree in public administration, and a doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also earned a graduate certificate in state and local taxation from the UWM Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business.