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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

Dr. Kunz's  Vitae

Courses Taught

• Public financial management
• Public budgeting
• Public policy & advocacy
• Fiscal & economic policy
• Public leadership
• Civil disobedience in public service

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.  

Securities regulation

Public Finance

Public Policy

Women in public office

Workshops and Videos