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 focus is public financial management, with emphasis on the structure and dynamics of the public capital markets, local fiscal policy, governmental accounting and financial reporting, government legacy costs, and public-private partnerships. 

He is co-editor of two recent books, Financial Management in the Public Sector (with David Matkin, Sage Publications, 2013) and Management Policies in Local Government Finance (with John Bartle and Bart Hildreth, ICMA press, 2012). 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 outlets. He is currently the principal investigator on a multi-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded study of financial implications of inter-local collaboration among local public health jurisdictions.

Marlowe engages the practice community several ways. He has served on advisory boards for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, King County (WA), and the National Academy of Science, among others. He has also worked as a consultant, development partner, and expert witness for a variety of public and private organizations, including international investment banks, public financial advisors, state government agencies, and university endowments. In 2010 he co-founded 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. He also writes a regular column for Governing magazine, a leading news outlet for state and local policymakers.

Since 2012 he has served as faculty director for the Evans School's Executive Master of Public Administration program.

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
  • PBAF 557: Management and Public Capital Markets

Learn about Professor Marlowe's current research.