Professor Justin Marlowe
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
(206) 221-4161

Justin Marlowe is the Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. 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 infrastructure finance, state and local tax policy, public pension liabilities, governmental accounting, public health systems finance, public-private partnerships, and many other topics. His book Financial Strategy for Public Managers (with Sharon Kioko) is the first open-access, graduate-level textbook for public financial management. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Public Budgeting & Finance, the leading scholarly journal in public financial management.

As Associate Dean, Professor Marlowe leads the Evans School’s Executive Master of Public Administration program and several other continuing education programs for public sector leaders. In 2017 he led the development and launch of the International Program for Public Health Leadership, a Gates Foundation-funded, six-month, hybrid online-residential program to develop the leadership capacity of public health officials in developing countries.

Professor Marlowe is also active in the practice community. He is the gubernatorial appointee to the Washington State Citizens’ Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences, and he has served on technical advisory groups for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the National Academies of Science, King County (WA), and other public entities. He serves as expert witness for cases in federal and state courts, and as a consultant to a broad range of clients including state and local governments, investment banks, and private foundations. His column in Governing magazine is read by thousands of state and local policymakers, and he is lead author of Governing's popular Guide to Financial Literacy series for public officials.

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.

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Professional Title: 
Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Public Finance & Budgeting
Public Management & Leadership
Local Government Management
Recent Publications: 

“Estimating the Cost of Foundational Public Health Services” (with Mamaril, et. al.). Health Services Research. Forthcoming (2018).

“Perceived Need Versus Current Spending: Gaps in Providing a Foundational Set of Public Health Services and Capabilities in Communities.” (with Bekemeier, et. al). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Forthcoming (2017).

“Infrastructure Asset Reporting and Pricing Uncertainty in the Municipal Bond Market” (with Rebecca Bloch and Dean Mead). Journal of Government and Non-Profit Accounting 5, no. 1 (2016): 53-70.

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