Todd Ely, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Center for Local Government

Portrait of Todd Ely

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Primary Phone: 303-315-2152

Office Hours: By appointment




Todd L. Ely is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, where he directs the Center for Local Government Research and Training. Todd’s research focuses on the financing of state and local public services, education finance, and public and nonprofit financial management. His research has been supported by the American Educational Research Association, Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab, Ford Foundation, and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Todd recently co-authored Essentials of Public Service, an introductory public administration textbook. His publications can be found in The American Review of Public Administration, Municipal Finance Journal, National Tax Journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Public Budgeting & Finance, Review of Policy Research, State and Local Government Review, and Urban Affairs Review. He received his PhD from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Areas of Expertise

public and not-for-profit financial management, state and local government, public finance, education policy and finance, research methods

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration
New York University

Master of Public Administration
University of Arizona

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Emory University

Curriculum Vitae