Roy T. Meyers


Professor of Political Science and Affiliate Professor of Public Policy

UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Welcome!  Below I give some brief information about my professional background, current activities, recent publications, favorite web sites, and contact info.   CV as of October 2020

I've been teaching at UMBC since 1990.  From 1981-1990, I was an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  I took graduate courses in political science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor from 1976-1980, and finished my Michigan PhD in 1988 while at CBO.  My dissertation won the 1989 L.D. White Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association.  I graduated in 1976 with a degree in government from Colby College, which is located in Waterville, Maine.  I was born and raised in New Jersey.

While I am interested in a broad range of policy and political topics, my research has focused on government budgeting in the United States.  The Handbook of Government Budgeting was published by Jossey-Bass in 1999; a Chinese language version was published in 2005 by the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.  My book Strategic Budgeting (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994) co-won the Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration in 1996.  I have written journal articles, book chapters, and reports on normative budgeting models and on a variety of features of the Congressional budget process, federal government budgeting, state government budgeting, and local economic development policies.  You can access copies of my recent research, including selected presentations, testimonies and op-eds, in pdf format.  My current research focuses on priority-setting and transparency in budgeting at the federal and state levels, attempts to limit earmarks in the federal government, the budgetary powers of governors, regulatory budgeting, and tax increment financing evaluations. I am a participant in the National Budgeting Roundtable.

I am the 2018 recipient of the Aaron Wildavsky Award from the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, and I am a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.  I have served on the editorial board of the Public Administration Review and now am a member of the editorial board of Public Budgeting and Finance.  I have presented papers abroad in China, Mexico, and Italy.  Consulting and lecturing activities have included Congressional Quarterly/Capitol.Net seminars, the Legacy Leadership Program in Maryland, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Harvard University's and then Duke University's Program on Budgeting in the Public Sector, George Washington University's executive education program, the World Bank, and the USDA Graduate School.  I have served on the Baltimore County Council Spending Affordability Committee, and I assisted members of the Governor's Summer Internship Program prepare policy papers for the Governor and his staff for many years through 2015.

I now teach graduate and undergraduate courses on government budgeting, a graduate course on the political and social context of the policy process, and undergraduate courses on environmental politics and on Congress.  I was the founding director of UMBC's Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program, an exciting program that I led from 1999-2010.   I taught the introductory seminar for that program, and have also taught introductory courses in American government and politics and in public administration, upper-level courses on political activism and leadership, community research, senior research seminars on environmental and public health policies, and a graduate course on American national institutions and policy.  I have chaired the UMBC faculty's Academic Planning and Budgeting Committee and have served as the Truman Foundation's faculty representative for UMBC.

A main links page will guide you to information on my courses and many other web sites.

To contact me:

Roy T. Meyers                                              
Department of Political Science                      
318 Public Policy Building
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250


Office:   410-455-2196
Fax:      410-455-1021
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