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

Justin Marlowe joined the Evans School faculty in 2009. He is the Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement. He also serves as Associate Dean for Executive Education.

Professor Marlowe’s research and teaching are focused on public financial management. He has published four books and more than 50 articles on a variety of topics including capital budgeting and finance, state and local tax policy, public pension liabilities, public health systems finance, government financial disclosure, and public-private partnerships. His work spans multiple disciplines and has appeared in the top scholarly journals in public finance, public management, health services management, transportation finance, and governmental accounting. He has received research funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the International City/County Management Association, among others.

Professor Marlowe is deeply engaged in professional activities outside the university. He is the governor’s appointee to the Washington State Citizens’ Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. He routinely works as an expert witness in federal and state courts, and as a consultant for a broad range of clients including state and local governments, investment banks, and private foundations. He has also served on technical advisory teams for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the National Academies of Science, King County (WA), and other public entities. His column in Governing magazine is read by thousands of state and local policymakers, he is lead author of Governing's popular Guide to Financial Literacy series for public officials, and he has been quoted in more than 40 different popular media outlets. He currently serves as a faculty representative to the Board of Trustees for the University (of WA) Bookstore.

Prior to academia he worked in local government in Michigan. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, and he holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a B.S. in public administration and Master of Public Administration from Northern Michigan University.

Public Capital Markets
State and Local Fiscal Policy
Public-Private Partnerships
Recent Publications: 

"The Evolving Fiscal Federalism of State and Local Borrowing." Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management. Forthcoming (2018).

"Inter-Organizational Collaboration in Local Public Health Service Delivery: Perceived Eff ects on Implementation Cost and Quality (with Bekemeier, et. al.). Health Services Research. Forthcoming (2017).

"Infrastructure Asset Reporting and Pricing Uncertainty in the Municipal Bond Market" (with Rebecca Bloch and Dean Mead). Journal of Government and Non-Pro fit Accounting. Forthcoming (2017).

"Pensions and Other Post-Employment Bene ts" (with Thad Calabrese). In Public Human Resource Management: Problems and Prospects, 6th ed. (Forthcoming, 2016), eds. Jerrell Coggburn and Richard Kearney (New York: Pearson).

"Internal Control De ciencies and Municipal Bond Borrowing Costs" (with Young Joo Park and David Matkin). Public Budgeting & Finance 26, no. 2 (2016): 1-26.

"Local Government Financial Condition Before and After the Great Recession." In Local Government Budget Stabilization: Explorations and Evidence (2015), ed. Yilin Hou (New York: Springer).

"Socially Responsible Investing and Public Pension Fund Performance." Public Performance and Management Review 38, no. 6 (2014): 1-23.

"Fiscal Implications of City-City Consolidations" (with Michael Ga ney). State and Local Government Review 46, no. 4 (2014): 197-204.

"Accounting Professionalism and Local Government GAAP Adoption: A National Study" (with Saleha Kumahwala and Dan Neely). Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management 26, No. 2 (2014): 292-312.


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.