Daniel L. Smith

Associate Professor of Public Budgeting and Financial Management
New York University

Dan Smith studies state government budgeting and financial management. His research focuses on the effects of state fiscal institutions, especially balanced budget requirements, and the implications of how states accumulate and use fund balances in state rainy day funds, unemployment trusts, and pension funds. His research appears in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Budgeting & Finance, and Public Choice, among others. In addition, he is co-author of Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit Organizations (Pearson Prentice Hall, 4th edition), co-edits the Budget and Finance section of the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (Taylor & Francis, 3rd edition), and is a member of three journal editorial boards.

  • PhD, The University of Georgia Public Administration
  • MPA, The University of Delaware State and Local Management
  • AB, The University of Delaware Political Science
Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

Studying for comprehensive exams. It was the most purely intellectually stimulating time in my academic career.

My Top Three Career Tips
  1. If you are a doctoral student, the tenure clock begins the first day of classes.
  2. Listen to your professors. Their advice is priceless.
  3. Work hard. This is the easy part!
Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards

Member, Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC) Member, Executive Committee of Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM)

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Jittery Joe’s in what is now known as the MLC.

Recent Honors / Awards

Professor of the Year, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, 2011