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 advocacy, and public leadership. Her research interests include publicly funded capitalism, the cost of governance, financial market regulation, and delusional democracy.
Prior to her academic career, Dr. Kunz spent 25 years in the financial markets industry. She began her career in the municipal bond market and ultimately established 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 and a U.S. Army veteran.
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 that created the budget process still in use today. 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
- Public Financial Management
- Public Budgeting
- Regulatory Reporting Requirements in Public Finance (online)
- Civil Disobedience (graduate & undergraduate)
- Economic Issues and Fiscal Policy
- Collective Action and Public Policy
- Public Policy Advocacy
- Change Leadership
- Public Leadership
Books & Book Chapters
Karen Kunz & Stavros Atsas. 2022.
Karen Kunz & Jena Martin. 2017.
C.F. & Kunz, K. 2018. Unsettling the Memes of Neoliberal Capitalism through
Administrative Praxis. (https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S2045-794420180000006002)
In 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.
Academic & Media Publications
Kunz, K & C. Able. 2022 Pragmatism and the Ethics of Belief. Philosophy & Social Criticism. Special issue: Critical Problems and Pragmatist Solutions, 0; 1-16.
Martin, J. & K. Kunz. 2018. "What is insider trading, the crime Rep. Christ Collins was charged with?” The Conversation, May 2.
J, Martin & K. Kunz. 2017. “Why Dodd-Frank -or its repeal - won't save us from the next crippling Wall Street crash.” 2018. The Conversation, May 2.
Kunz, K & J. Martin. 2013. Into the Breech: The Increasing Gap
between Algorithmic Trading and Securities Regulation, Journal of Financial
Services Research, 47:135–152
Kunz, K. 2015. Creating the Fix: Transparency, Engagement and Results. Editor, Special symposium issue. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, 27(4).
O’Leary, S. & K. Kunz. 2011. Earmarks Fuel West Virginia Economic Development Spending. Public Affairs Reporter, XXVII:1. (https://publicadmin.wvu.edu/files/d/ee3ee769-6ef4-44cf-8310-54860a24b649/5-oleary-kunz-earmarks-fuel-wv-economic-development-public-affairs-reporter.pdf)
Kunz, K. 2009. The increasing use of earmarks to fund local infrastructure: A case study of Illinois municipal government. Municipal Finance Journal, 30:3, 30-51.
Atsas, S. & K. Kunz. 2014. Policy review: The U.S. Affordable Care Act, community health centers, and economic development opportunities. Community Development, 45:4, 409-422. (https://publicadmin.wvu.edu/files/d/5192d96d-f225-4c1e-a631-bf1d57c50e47/kunz- atsas-policy-review-the-us-affordable-care-act-community-health-centers-and-economic-development-opportunities.pdf
Kunz, K. & S. Atsas. 2013. Ensuring equitable access to public health care: two steps forward, one step back. Social Science Journal.
K. Kunz & L. DeFrank-Cole. 2015. Helen Holt: A centenarian's perspective on a lifetimeof servant leadership. Public Administration Review.
K. Kunz & C. Staton. 2014. Engaging Women in Public Office in West Virginia. Public Voices, XIII:2, 64-88.
Media Interviews & Quotes
Briefing. 2022. The Cost of Congress. Steve Scully. POTUS, Sirius XM,
October 28-29, 2022.
Gazette-Mail. 2021. Despite opposition, House poised to pass its income tax cut plan. Phil Kabler, Mar 25.
Washington Post. 2021. As Democrats bring back earmarks for transportation projects, billions of dollars from years ago sits unused. Ian Dunan, March
Concord Coalition. 2020. Can the Democrats Message(podcast). Concord Coalition, Nov 18.
Magazine. 2019. Holding Back the Flood.
2018. How the Financial Crisis Still Affects Investors. September
Globe Post. 2018. Lessons Not Learned: US Financial System Still at Risk 10 Years After Crash. September 8.
Wisconsin Public Radio. 2017. House Republicans Pass CHOICE Act to Repeal Portions of Dodd-Frank. Central Time.
Virginia Record. 2017. Market Collapse
Unavoidable for U.S. According To West Virginia University Professors Authors. With Jena Martin, February.
Marketplace. (American Public Media). Presidential candidates at least agree on one thing. (2016).
NY Times. 2012. In Post-Earmark
Era, Small Cities Step Up Lobbying to Fight for Federal Grants. Ron Nixon, Feb
The State Journal. 2012. WVU faculty looks at election, approaching fiscal cliff.
Times. 2012. In Post-Earmark Era, SmallCities Step Up Lobbying to Fight for Federal Grants.
eCivix. 2012. Experts Weigh in When the Earmarks Are Out.
Bloomberg. 2012. Earmarks in a post-Byrd and Mollohan era.
The Charleston Gazette. 2011. Fewer earmarks could hurt W.Va.'s growth.
The 1921 Budget Act At 100 - Why It Matters MoreThan Ever. 2021-2. Co-chair.
Demystifying public finance. 2015. 3-day workshop. Chautauqua Institute, NY. Jun 29-Jul 1.