Michelle L. Lofton
Research Areas: Public Finance and Public Management
Committee: Yilin Hou, John Yinger, Robert Bifulco, Michah Rothbart, and Sharon Kioko (University of Washington)
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, and I am also an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of Public Service of Seattle University. My teaching and research interest explore the intersection of public finance and public management by investigating financial tools and techniques to better inform management, strategy, and policy decisions.
My dissertation focuses on financial and strategic factors that motivate the use of short-term resources including unrestricted cash and short-term debt. I also investigate how imposed fiscal constraints, tax and expenditure limits, impact the use of short-term resources. The findings from my research have important implications for strategies implemented by financial managers and policies developed for their respective governments. My research experience and commitment to teaching make me well-qualified to meet the current and future academic and professional needs of academic institutions.