Beverly Bunch

Beverly Bunch

Primary Affiliation: Fiscal and Economic Policy Working Group; COVID-19 Task Force

School of Public Management and Policy | University of Illinois Springfield

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Analysis of Government Finance

Qualitative Research Methods


Focus Groups

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Co-Associate Editor, Illinois Municipal Policy Journal (2020)
Publication of Community Action Leaders: Rooting Out Poverty at the Local Level, with Dalitso Sulamoyo. (Research Team: J. Travis Bland, Aaron Itulya, Lorena Johnson, and Junfeng Wang). New York City: Routledge Press.
Team Leader of the UIS Research Team, Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting, Volcker Alliance.
Economics Instructor at the China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China.



Beverly Bunch, PhD, is full professor in the Department of Public Administration and in the Center for State Policy and Leadership. She has worked for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), the City of San Antonio budget office, and the Texas Bond Review Board. Her main areas of interest are capital financing, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and state and local government budgeting. She has published in journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, Municipal Finance Journal, and Public Administration Review. She co-authored a book with Dalitso Sulamoyo, Aaron Itulya, Travis Bland, Lorena Johnson, and Junfeng Wang titled Community Action Leaders: Rooting out Poverty at the Local Level (2017). She is leading a UIS team of researchers as part of a national state budget project administered by the Volcker Alliance.

Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis, 1988.

Illinois Online Network; Master of Online Teaching Certificate, 2010.

The Maxwell School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; Master’s Degree in Public Administration, 1981.
– Specialization in State and Local Government Financial Management

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL; B.S. in Business Administration, 1979
– Bronze Tablet (top 3% in college graduating class)

University of Illinois, Springfield, IL

Faculty Associate, Center for State Policy and Leadership, 2001 to Present. 


State Budgeting

Led a UIS research team for a national state budgeting study sponsored by the Volcker Alliance

Municipal Government

Co-associate editor of the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal in partnership with the Illinois Municipal League (includes a webinar series)

Financial Stability

Volunteers with the United Way and serves as an ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Research Advisory Committee Member to help promote financial stability and mitigate poverty.

Confronting Inequities

Serves in a leadership role in a series of webinars on confronting inequities in Springfield (a partnership between the Citizens Club of Springfield and UIS)

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