Justin Marlowe

Professor Justin Marlowe
Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(206) 221-4161

Justin Marlowe joined the Evans School faculty in 2009. He teaches courses on public financial management and budgeting, and he serves as faculty director of the Evans School's Executive Master of Public Administration program. 

Professor Marlowe has published three books and more than 50 articles on a variety of topics in public financial management, including the municipal securities market, capital budgeting and finance, government financial transparency, local fiscal policy, public pensions and legacy costs, financing public health systems, and public-private partnerships. Several foundations and professional associations have supported his work, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the International City/County Management Association, and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, among others. He is currently at work on two major projects: a study of liquidity risk in the municipal bond market since the Great Recession, and a multi-year analysis of the financial implications of inter-local collaboration among local public health agencies.

Marlowe engages the practice community several ways. He has served on expert advisory boards for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, King County (WA), and the National Academies of Science, among others. He routinely works as a consultant and expert witness for state and local governments, international investment banks, and university endowments. He writes a regular column for Governing magazine and is lead author of Governing's popular Guide to Financial Literacy series for state and local elected officials. He also serves on boards and commissions throughout the Puget Sound region, including the Board of Trustees for the University Book Store.

Prior to academia, Professor Marlowe worked in local government in Michigan. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, and he holds a Ph.D. and MA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well as a B.S. in Public Administration and MPA from Northern Michigan University.

Areas of specialization 

Government Financial Management
Public Capital Markets
Public Financial Management
Public-Private Partnerships
State and Local Fiscal Policy

Courses taught 

  • PBAF 522: Public Budgeting & Financial Management
  • PBAF 556: Public-Private Partnerships
  • PBAF 557: Management and Public Capital Markets

Learn about Professor Marlowe's current research.