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Katherine Willoughby

Professor of Public Administration

Ph.D., University of Georgia


Dr. Katherine Willoughby seeks to promote improved budgeting and financial management practices in the public sector. Her primary focus of research is on state government budgetary and fiscal management. Her book, Policy and Politics in State Budgeting, coauthored with Dr. Kurt Thurmaier, examines the relationship between budgeting and policy development as seen through the eyes of analysts employed in executive budget offices in 11 American state governments in the South and Midwest. Willoughby has served as the grading team leader in the area of budget and financial management for the 2005 and 2008 Government Performance Project, a national effort funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and its Center on the States. Her most current research examines performance budgeting laws and effects in the American states.

Willoughby conducts research about local government budgeting and management as well. Recent research conducted with Dr. Cynthia Searcy regards the fiscal health of the City of Atlanta; other applied projects include the impact of the incorporation of the City of Dunwoody on DeKalb County finances; collaboration with GASB in the study of state government performance measurement applications; assessment of the development of statewide immunization registries and their implications for individual privacy; and assistance with the development of an applied knowledge assessment tool for local government managers. Willoughby is a research associate with the Andrew Young School International Studies Program, providing training and consulting support to numerous groups of budget, finance and other government officials and staff from around the world regarding budgeting and financial management best practices and performance budgeting as applied here and abroad.