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Deborah A Carroll

Director of the Government Finance Research Center

Associate Professor

Public Administration


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Deborah A. Carroll joined UIC in 2021 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and as Director of the Government Finance Research Center in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Dr. Carroll’s research focuses on financial management and fiscal policy issues of state and local governments, particularly related to taxation, revenue diversification, revenue stability, and urban economic development, as well as on the interconnectedness of the government and nonprofit sectors and the implications for tax policy, tax burden, and public service provision. On these topics, Dr. Carroll has produced more than 50 academic publications, most of which are co-authored with graduate students and junior faculty, and 15 grant-funded white papers and technical reports totaling more than $350,000 from external and $20,000 from internal funding sources. She has been invited to share her research and expertise with academic and practitioner audiences across the U.S. and in several other counties.

Dr. Carroll serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, which focuses on providing a connection between the practice and research of public affairs. In other service to the profession, Dr. Carroll has served on the governing boards of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (2011-2013) and Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (2006-2008), as editorial board member of the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management (2020-Present) and Urban Affairs Review (2009-2011), as Associate Editor of Public Administration Review (2015-2017), and as Treasurer of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (2013-2018).

Dr. Carroll began her career in public service as a budget and policy analyst for the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin while pursuing her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With a passion for applied research intended to inform public policy and improve public sector management, Dr. Carroll pursued her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which she completed in 2004 along with a Graduate Certificate in State and Local Taxation from the UWM Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business. Her dissertation examined the extent to which Milwaukee’s tax increment financing program influenced the investment decisions of private development firms and the extent to which capital improvements made within TIF districts were capitalized into business property values.

Dr. Carroll has also served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2004-2006), University of Georgia (2006-2016), and University of Central Florida (2016-2021) where she also served as Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management.

Selected Publications

Carroll, D. A. and Goodman, C. B. (2021). Neighborhood Institutions and Residential Home Sales: Evaluating the Impact of Property Tax Exemptions. Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

Stevens, K. A. and Carroll, D. A. (2020). A Comparison of Different Carbon Taxes on Utilization of Natural Gas. Energy and Climate Change, 100005, 2666-2787.

Carroll, D. A. and Calabrese, T. D. (2017). Intersecting Sectors? The Connection Between Nonprofit and Government Spending. Journal of Public & Nonprofit Affairs, 3(3), 247-271.

Carroll, D. A. and Goodman, C. B. (2017). Property Tax Delinquency and Residential Property Sales. Urban Affairs Review, 53(5), 898-923.

Carroll, D. A. and Calabrese, T. D. (2013). Alternative Service Delivery: Does Nonprofit Financing Influence State Tax Burden? The American Review of Public Administration, 43(2), 200-220.

Calabrese, T. D. and Carroll, D. A. (2012). Nonprofit Exemptions and Homeowner Property Tax Burden. Public Finance and Management, 12(1), 21-50.

Carroll, D. A. and Goodman, C. B. (2011). The Effects of Assessment Quality on Revenue Volatility. Public Budgeting & Finance, 31(1), 76-94.

Carroll, D. A. and Johnson, T. (2010). Examining Small Town Revenues: To What Extent Are They Diversified? Public Administration Review, 70(2), 223-235.

Carroll, D. A. (2009). Diversifying Municipal Government Revenue Structures: Fiscal Illusion or Instability? Public Budgeting & Finance, 29(1), 27-48.

Carroll, D. A. and Stater K. J. (2009). Revenue Diversification in Nonprofit Organizations: Does it Lead to Financial Stability? Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 19(4), 947-966.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Political Science (Public Administration & Public Policy, American Government & Politics), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Political Science, 2004
Graduate Certificate in State and Local Taxation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Business Administration, 2003
Master’s in Public Administration (MPA), Financial Management, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Political Science, 2000
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science and Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Letters and Science, 1997