Can Chen

Assistant Professor

Public Policy and Administration

Phone: 305.348.8026



Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor of Public Budgeting and Finance who joined the Department of Public Administration at FIU in Fall 2015. He received a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha in Summer 2015. His research agenda focuses on developing sound capital planning and budgeting practices for public and nonprofit sectors, and promoting innovative, efficient, and effective infrastructure financing to support critical infrastructure that is sustainable in its financing and funding, use, performance, and maintenance. His current research interests include capital budgeting and finance, innovative infrastructure finance (transportation and environmental infrastructure), infrastructure accounting and reporting, and infrastructure performance management.

Dr. Chen’s work has been published in the academic journals of Public Finance Review (the lead author), Public Budgeting and Finance (single-authored, forthcoming), Municipal Finance Journal (single-authored, forthcoming), Public Works Management and Policy (single-authored), and Food Studies: An International Journal. He has also published three single and co-authored chapters in the books of Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Policy (Public Budgeting and Finance Section), Sustaining the States: The Fiscal Viability of American State Governments, and Voices of Hunger: Food Insecurity in the United States. He has frequently presented his research at the annual meetings of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM), the Public Management Research Association (PMRA), the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM), and the Western Social Science Association (WSSA). His research has received several national awards: the 2014 NASPAA Pi Alpha Alpha Best Doctoral Student Manuscript Award, the 2014 Best Student Paper Competition (an Honorable Mention Award) for the ASPA Section on Transportation Policy & Administration, and the 2013 ASPA Founders’ Forum Fellowship. At FIU, he teaches MPA courses on public financial management and quantitative methods.