Assistant Professor


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Public Budgeting and Finance
    • Education Finance and Policy
  • Department:

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • PhD, State University of New York at Albany


Youngsung Kim has worked as an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration in the Department of Political Science at Colorado State University since 2020. He holds a PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the University at Albany – SUNY. His research focuses on public budgeting and financial management, computational social science, education finance and policy, and local government management. He is particularly interested in understanding the accountable and efficient ways to allocate and manage financial resources for public organizations. His articles have appeared in Public Management Review (2 articles), Public Performance & Management Review, National Tax Journal, Public Budgeting and Finance, Local Government Studies, Policy Studies, and State and Local Government Review.


White, Allison C. and Youngsung Kim. (Accepted). The First- and Second-Nature Geographic Correlates of Federal Budget Transfers and Fiscal Dependence—Evidence from Russia and the United States. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. (SSCI).

Kim, Youngsung and Young Joo Park. (Online first). Does Accountability Improve Government Performance? Evidence from the State Fiscal Monitoring and Intervention Systems. Public Management Review. (SSCI). Link

Kim, Youngsung. (2022). Is Textual Information Contained in Financial Documents Informative? Assessing Transparency using Textual Analysis. Public Performance and Management Review 45(6): 1487−1516. (SSCI). Link

Kim, Youngsung. (2022). Pathways to Policy Failure: Evidence from Puerto Rico’s 2011 Tax Reform. Policy Studies 43(6): 1277-1297. (SSCI). Link

Park, Young Joo, Youngsung Kim, and Gang Chen. (2022). Financial Capacity and Organizational Stability in U.S. Local Governments. Public Management Review 24(3): 418−441. (SSCI). Link

Sorensen, Lucy C., Youngsung Kim, and Moontae Hwang. (2021). The Distributional Effects of Property Tax Constraints on School Districts. National Tax Journal 74(3): 621−654. (SSCI). Link

Kim, Youngsung and Gang Chen. (2020). Cutback Management and Path Dependency: Evidence from the Two Recent Recessions. Local Government Studies 46(2): 278−305. (SSCI). Link

Kim, Youngsung and David S.T. Matkin. (2020). Financial Condition and Internal Control Deficiencies: Evidence from New York Counties. Public Budgeting and Finance 40(1): 45−69. (SCOPUS). Link

Kim, Youngsung and Lucy C. Sorensen. (2019). Caught in the Crunch: School District Financial Condition and Performance. State and Local Government Review 51(2): 104−112. (SCOPUS). Link

Matkin, David S.T., Youngsung Kim, and Young Joo Park. (2018). The Emergence of Public Financial Management. In Stazyk, Edmund C. and H. George Frederickson (Eds). Handbook of American Public Administration, Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing. Link


  • PPA 500 – Research Methods for Public Policy and Administration

  • PPA 501 – Program Evaluation and Quantitative Methods

  • PPA 552 – Public Budgeting and Finance

  • PPA 543 – Evidence Based Decision Making

  • PPA 561 – State and Local Government Finance