About Me

Hi, thank you for visiting my academic website. I am an Assistant Professor who joined the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Florida International University in Fall 2015. My substantive research interests include infrastructure (transportation) finance and capital budgeting, fiscal transparency and financial accounting, and disaster finance. My methodological interests focus on empirically testing various theories in the field of public budgeting and finance using rigorous causal research designs and data sciences (experimental and natural/quasi-experimental research designs).  Professionally, I currently serve as the interim Chair for the American Society of Public Administration Section on Transportation Policy and Administration (STPA), a certified Research Associate for the National Transportation Finance Center (Mineta Transportation Institute), and a friend of Economics, Revenue, and Finance (AJE50) committee on Transportation Research Board (TRB).

My academic work has been published in the leading academic journals of Public Administration, American Review of Public Administration, Public Management ReviewPublic Performance and Management Review, International Review of Administrative Sciences, State and Local Government Review, Transport Policy, Public Finance Review, Public Budgeting & Finance, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial ManagementMunicipal Finance Journal, Public Works Management  & Policy, Food Studies: An International Journal, and International Hospitality Review. I have also published five book chapters.

My research has received several national awards: the 2018 Volcker Junior Scholar Research Grant Award, the 2018 William J. Petak Best Paper Award by ASPA Section on Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM), the 2017 Garcia-Zamor Best Paper Award by ASPA Section on International and Comparative Public Administration (SICA), and the 2014 Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Best Doctoral Student Manuscript Award. I also won a Top Scholar Award at FIU in 2018.  I have received grant funding from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB),  Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Open Government Partnership (OGP), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Miami-Florida Jean and Monnet European Center of Excellence, and Korea Development Institute.