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Aimee L. Franklin, Ph.D.


Office: 304B Dale Hall Tower


Research Fields: Public Budgeting & Finance, Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Performance Measurement & Benchmarking, Evaluation

Favorite Courses: Administration & Society, Making Public Policy, Public Financial Management, Qualitative Research Methods

B.S., Moorhead State University 
M.P.A., Arizona State University 
Ph.D., University of New York at Albany

My seemingly perpetual research agenda investigates the areas of public budgeting, finance and financial management with special emphasis on the role of stakeholders in resource allocation decisions. I also like to do short-term “Torn from the Headlines” research to understand more about how well government works or why people think government does not work the way it should.

I like this kind of research since it draws from the professional experiences I have had leading retail banking and mortgage lending firms in the private sector. It also is informed by the projects I was responsible for while a budget analyst in the Arizona Governor’s Office. These experiences also inform my teaching and public service activities since they demonstrate how policy and administration benefit from research and analysis, planning & performance measurement and policy/program evaluation.

I regularly include graduate and undergraduate students in my research activities. A lot of my job satisfaction comes when students present our research at a professional conference or when jointly authored research publications appear in press. Another great aspect of my job is staying in touch with my students after they graduate, especially when they have questions about how to do something in the real world or want to tell me about how the real world is different from the world of theory we discuss in these ivory towers!

  • I work with the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program to conduct social and economic impacts analysis related to severe weather events and climate change.
  • Working with undergraduate and graduate students, we implement research and technical assistance projects for public, not-for-profit and tribal organizations to enhance their policymaking and strategic management activities.
  • Collaborative research to reduce the fiscal impacts of climate  adaptation to communities. A collaboration of nationwide Regional Integrated Science Assessment organizations and Headwaters Economics, a not-for-profit organization.
  • State regulatory environments for Tribal gaming activities with Thaddieus Conner at New Mexico State University.
  • The evolution of public participation and engagement in financial decision making with Carol Ebdon and Wei-Jie Liao at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and as part of an edited book project with Kurt Thurmaier at Northern Illinois University.

(For Co-authors who were/are students: 1denotes PhD student, 2denotes MPA student, 3denotes Undergraduate student).

  • Stakeholder Engagement. 2020. Springer Nature.
  • Introduction to Public Administration. 2020. An online textbook with Jos Raadschelders.
  • Identifying Roles for Public Administrators to Foster Anticipatory Altruism for Severe Weather Preparedness. 2021. In Public Administration Quarterly with Jennifer Le2, Maitlyn (Brucks) Lyndahl3 and Mark Shafer 1.  A funded collaborative project with SCIPP and the Carl Albert Congressional Center Undergraduate Research Fellowship program at the University of Oklahoma.
  • The Effects of Participatory Budgeting in the Philippines. 2020. Invited submission to Participatory Budgeting symposium in the Chinese Journal of Public Administration with Carol Ebdon and Wei-Jie Liao1.
  • Global Financial System Outcomes  after 2008: A Longitudinal Comparison. Economies. 2020. With Ani Ter-Mkrchtyan1.