Tima T. Moldogaziev

Associate Professor of Public Policy324 Pond LaboratorySchool of Public PolicyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, PA 16802


Indiana University, Ph.D. 2012 (Public Finance, Public Management)

Indiana University, M.A. 2002 (Comparative Institutions/Transitions)

American University of Central Asia, B.A. 2000 (International & Comparative Politics)

I hold a doctorate degree with major fields in public finance and public management, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, and a doctorate minor in statistical science, Department of Statistics, Indiana University.

My primary research and teaching interests are in matters of access to public sector capital markets (financial intermediation, municipal securities structure & pricing, credit risk assessment & management, fiscal institutions and municipal borrowing, municipal debt market development & regulation), infrastructure financing for subnational governments, and regional & urban public financial management & fiscal policy.

In the field of public management, I research empowerment, performance, growth and development, and management of innovations at individual, group, and organizational levels. In my work, it is also not uncommon to assess the impact of financial factors on organizational outcomes, as well as the impact of organizational factors on financial outcomes.

My research utilizes a wide range of analytical methods--from simplest univariate solutions to multivariate frequentist and Bayesian estimation approaches, from cross-sectional to panel to multilevel methods, from structural equation modeling to computational text analysis. This work has been published in journals such as American Review of Public Administration; Public Administration; Public Administration Review; Public Finance Review; Public Budgeting & Finance; International Public Management Journal; Journal of Public Policy; Municipal Finance Journal; National Tax Journal; Urban Studies; and Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory.

I taught undergraduate courses in comparative politics and statistics (2002-2006) at the American University in Central Asia. I also taught undergraduate courses in financial management, public management, and statistics (2007-2012) at Indiana University. At the University of South Carolina (2012-2014), I taught undergraduate and graduate courses in public finance, public policy, and statistics; while at the University of Georgia (2014-2019), my teaching responsibilities revolved around graduate core courses in public financial administration and statistical analysis, graduate seminars in public budgeting, debt management, financial management of public sector organizations, and metropolitan fiscal problems. Beginning in Fall 2019, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, I teach graduate courses in public sector economic analysis, public financial administration, budgeting and debt finance, and regional and local fiscal policy.

Before my doctorate studies, I managed and consulted on data collection efforts for the World Values Survey (WVS) in the Kırgız Republic. I also served as the deputy director for the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Academy in Bishkek and worked as a media monitoring analyst (quantitative coding of print, TV, and radio content) as part of the OSCE's election observation teams during the parliamentary elections (2000 & 2005) in the Kırgız Republic.

I am a native of the Kırgız Republic (Jarkımbaevo, Isık Köl), and in addition to English, I speak Kırgız and Russian languages fluently.