Karen Kunz, DPA
- D.P.A., Public Administration, University of Illinois at Springfield
- M.A., Political Science, University of Illinois at Springfield
Dr. Kunz teaches courses on public financial management and budgeting, public policy and advocacy, and civil disobedience. Her research interests include public finance and fiscal policy, fiscal federalism, and financial markets regulation. In addition, Dr. Kunz brings over 25 years of professional experience in the financial markets industry. She began her career in the municipal bond market before starting one of the first female-owned consulting firms in the industry. Her clients included institutional investors and traders, and boutique, regional and multinational firms. Dr. Kunz serves on the board of directors for the American Association of Budget and Program Analysts (AABPA) the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy, and the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition. She is also a commissioner on the Morgantown Utility Board.
In 2021, Dr. Kunz co-chaired The 1921 Budget Act At 100 - Why It Matters More Than Ever, a partnership between AAPBA, NAPA and ABFM to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the legislation. Videos of the virtual, week-long series of panels on the past, present and future impacts of the legislation are available at www.1921budgetact.com
Publications & Media
Able, C.F. & Kunz, K. 2018. Unsettling the Memes of Neoliberal Capitalism through Administrative Pragmatism. From Austerity to Abundance? Creative Approaches to Coordinating the Common Good, Critical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management, Vol. 6, p. 35-58. Emerald Publishing Limited.
- "What is insider trading, the crime Rep. Christ Collins was charged with?". (2018) The Conversation
- When the Levees Break: Re-visioning Regulation of the Securities Market (Lexington Books, 2017)
- Into the Breech: The Increasing Gap between Algorithmic Trading and Securities Regulation (2013)
- Presidential candidates at least agree on one thing”: Marketplace (American Public Radio)
- “2016’s States with the Best and Worst ROI”. Wallethub.com
- In Post-Earmark Era, Small Cities Step Up Lobbying to Fight for Federal Grants, Ron Nixon, NY Times.
- Federal Budgeting 2013: Fundamentally Challenged (video, 2013)
- The importance of federal earmarks to states coffers: an examination of distribution trends over the decade (2012)
- Earmarks Fuel West Virginia Economic Development Spending (2011)
- The increasing use of earmarks to fund local infrastructure: A case study of Illinois municipal government (2009)
- Policy review: The U.S. Affordable Care Act, community health centers, and economic development opportunities . (2014)
- Ensuring equitable access to public health care: two steps forward, one step back (2013)
Women in public office
- Helen Holt: A centenarian's perspective on a lifetime of servant leadership (2015)
- West Virginia Women in Public Office (2014)
- Federal budgeting in 2013: fundamentally challenged
- Demystifying public finance (Chautauqua Institute Seminar)