Charlotte Kirschner completed her doctoral work at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University. Her dissertation explores the impacts of the homeland security grants on public safety spending and preparedness. Her research interests include public budgeting, homeland security policy and intergovernmental relations. During her tenure at The George Washington University, Kirschner worked on research projects regarding measuring the costs of homeland security policies, budgeting for disasters and served as a project manager for Significant Features of the Property Tax, a study of the property tax as administered by the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Prior to attending The George Washington University, Kirschner worked for the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court conducting policy research and managing the statewide court statistical system. Kirschner received her B.A. from Syracuse University and her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College.


Areas of research

  • Budgeting
  • Intergovernmental finance
  • Homeland security
Phaup, M. & Kirschner, C. (2010). Budgeting for disasters: Focusing on the good times. OECD Journal on Budgeting,10(1), 1-24.<

Phaup, M. & Kirschner C. (2010). Federal budgeting in the United States. In C.E. Menifield (Ed.), Comparative public budgeting: A global perspective (pp. 329-349). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Bell, M. E. & Kirschner, C. (2009). A reconnaissance of alternative measures of effective property tax rates. Public Budgeting & Finance, 29(2), 111-136.

Kirschner, C., Levy, A., & Cordes, J. (2008). Achieving greater homeland security: Who should pay, and how? Journal of the Washington Institute of China Studies, 3(3), 1-22.

Kirschner, C. (2006). From yellow to orange: Using cost-benefit analysis to inform local homeland security decision-making. Policy Perspectives: The George Washington University Journal of Public Policy and Public Administration, 13, 39-59.
The Glenn School was well represented at the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management’s 25th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.. Professor Charlotte Kirschner presented a paper: "Do Stats Use Rainy Day Funds When it Pours? Disaster-Stabilization Funds in the Gulf Coast States." This paper is co-authored by her and Glenn School doctoral candidate Akheil Singla. The paper explores whether and how state’s use their rainy day funds in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Singla presented a paper:" Blind, Broke, And Bedlam? The Cases of Stockton, Vallejo, and San Bernardino." This paper is co-authored by Glenn School doctoral student Jim Comeaux, Singla and Kirschner. The paper explores whether current measures of fiscal stress differentiate between bankrupt and non-bankrupt cities in California.

Is it better for governments to pay cash for new public buildings or does that unfairly burden today’s taxpayers for buildings that will be used for the benefit of future residents? Professor Charlotte Kirschner helped the Columbus Dispatch and its readers understand the issues involved in the decision. » Click here to read “County May Pay Cash for Complex”



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