Justin Marlowe

Associate Professor of Public Affairs
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. His current research is on the structure and dynamics of public capital markets in both the U.S. and abroad, the role of financial reporting in local government accountability, and the financial aspects of public-private partnerships.

He is the co-editor of Management Policies in Local Government Finance (with John Bartle and Bart Hildreth, 2012) and co-author of Capital Budgeting and Finance: A Guide for Local Governments (with Bill Rivenbark and Jack Vogt, 2009), both from the ICMA press. He has also published papers in Public Budgeting & Finance, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, the Municipal Finance Journal and many other journals, edited books, technical reports, and trade publications. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Reuters, the Seattle Times, and other news outlets.

Marlowe has consulted and served on advisory boards for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Internal Revenue Service, King County and the city of Seattle, private foundations, investment banks, and many other governments, nonprofits, and private organizations. He is also faculty director for the Evans School Public Sector Chief Finance Officers’ Forum, a quarterly gathering where local public finance leaders discuss the intersection of contemporary theory and practice.

Prior to academia, 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

Learn about Professor Marlowe's current research.