Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Omaha
Public Budgeting and Finance, Infrastructure (Transportation) Finance and Policy, Disaster Finance, Fiscal Transparency and Financial Accounting
Can Chen is an associate professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. His core research agenda is developing and promoting innovative, efficient, and effective infrastructure financing to support critical infrastructure that is sustainable and resilient in its financing and funding, use, performance, and maintenance. Dr. Chen’s substantive research topic interests include infrastructure (transportation) finance and policy, disaster finance, fiscal transparency and financial accounting, and the intersection between public finance/budgeting and public management/policy. His methodological interests are causal research designs and emerging data sciences.
Dr. Chen’s publications appear in Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Finance Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Municipal Finance Journal, Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Transport Policy, Public Works Management & Policy, Public Administration, American Review of Public Administration, Public Management Review, State and Local Government Review, and others. He has received three national research awards: the ASPA’s William J. Petak Best Paper Award, the ASPA’s Garcia-Zamor Best Paper Award, and the NASPAA’s Best Doctoral Student Manuscript Award. His research was supported by grant funding from the GASB, ICMA, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Open Government Partnership.
Professionally, Dr. Chen serves as the chair for the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Section on Transportation Policy and Administration (STPA) for 2021-2023. He is a certified research associate at Mineta Transportation Institute and a friend of Economics, Revenue, and Finance (AJE50) committee on Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is the Section Editor for Journal of Chinese Public Administration Review and an Editorial Board Member for Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management (JPBAFM).