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Michael A. Pagano, PhD

Director, Government Finance Research Center

Dean, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; Professor, Public Administration


Building & Room:

115 CUPPA Hall, MC 350


412 S. Peoria St., Suite 115

Office Phone:

(312) 413-3375


Michael A. Pagano is Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, professor of public administration, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (which was chartered by Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments in improving their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability), former co-editor of Urban Affairs Review (2001-2014), and Faculty Fellow of UICs Great Cities Institute. He has published four books in a University of Illinois Press series entitled The Urban Agenda, including Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil (2014) as well as The Dynamics of Federalism in National and Supranational Political Systems (Palgrave 2007), Terra Incognita: Vacant Land and Urban Strategies (Georgetown University Press 2004), Cityscapes and Capital (Johns Hopkins University Press 1995), and Cities and Fiscal Choices (Duke University Press 1986). Since 1991, he has written the annual City Fiscal Conditions report for the National League of Cities and wrote a column called The Third Rail for State Tax Notes, which examined contemporary local government fiscal issues.  He is Principal Investigator with Christopher Hoene of the California Budget Project (former research director of the National League of Cities) on a 4-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation to examine the constraints on cities’ fiscal policy responses to changes in their financial environments (2012-2016).  He was Principal Investigator on the Pew Charitable Trusts Government Performance Project to grade the states on Infrastructure Management (2003-08).

Pagano has published over 80 articles on urban finance, capital budgeting, federalism, transportation policy, infrastructure, urban development and fiscal policy; he has delivered over 100 papers and speeches; and he has been awarded grants from numerous foundations and agencies. He serves on a variety of professional organizations, including the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Metropolitan Planning Council (Chicago), the Pension Committee of the Civic Federation, and the Urban Land Institute. He earned a B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980.