About Me

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. His research on public budgeting and finance has appeared in the leading scholarly journals of several fields, including public policy, governmental accounting, public health, health care administration, public finance, and transportation finance. He is also an award-winning teacher of graduate-level courses on public budgeting, public financial management, and public-private partnerships.

Professor Marlowe has written four books and dozens of articles on a wide range of topics including: the structure of the municipal bond market, the cost of basic local public health services, the optimal size of local government "rainy day" funds, and "socially responsible" investing by public pension funds, among many others. His research has won several best article awards and has been supported by foundations and professional associations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the International City/County Management Association.

Marlowe is also deeply involved in professional activities outside the university. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, a group of experts commissioned by Congress to advise the federal government on emerging trends in public policy and management. He routinely works as an expert witness and consultant for clients across the public and private sectors. He has also served on expert advisory boards for a wide range of governments and professional associations, including the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the National Academies of Science, the California State Auditor, and King County (WA), among many others. He also contributes a regular column to Governing magazine (circulation 50,000 print; 500,000 online) and is lead author of Governing's popular Guide to Financial Literacy series for state and local government officials. 

Prior to academia Professor Marlowe worked in local government in Michigan. He is a Certified Government Financial Manager, and he holds a Ph.D. in political science and government from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.