Gang Chen

Gang Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor
Specialization: Public Budgeting & Finance
Department of Public Administration & Policy

319 Milne Hall | 518-442-5284

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About Professor Chen

Gang Chen is Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY. Chen's research interests include state and local budgeting and finance, public pension management, fiscal stress management, and comparative public administration. He received a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2013. His doctoral dissertation examined decision making in state pension systems when sponsoring governments face fiscal stress. Chen's work has been published in several English and Chinese academic journals, including Public Budgeting & Finance, Municipal Finance Journal, and Journal of Public Administration (China). Chen has presented his research at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM), and the Western Social Science Association (WSSA). Before coming to the U.S., Chen studied in Sun Yat-sen University, China, where he received his Master and Bachelor degrees in Public Administration. Chen's current research in public pension focuses on actuarial cost methods and assumptions. At Rockefeller College, Professor Chen teaches PAD 316 Methodological Tools for Public Policy, PAD 501 Public and Nonprofit Financial Management, and PAD 642 Public Budgeting and Finance.

Selected Publications

  • Chen, Gang, Ebdon, C., Kriz, K. & Maisondieu-Laforge, O. (2013). The management of defined contribution pension plans in local governments. Public Budgeting & Finance, Vol 33, No 3 (pp. 75-95).
  • Ebdon, C., O'Neil, P., and Chen, Gang. (2012). The regional ripple effects of the 2011 Missouri river floods. Municipal Finance Journal, Vol 33, No. 2 (pp. 35-59). 

  • Chen, Gang. (2012). Risk management in U.S. state and local government pension systems. Journal of Public Administration (in Chinese), Vol. 5 (pp. 88-115).  
  • Chen, Gang. (2013). Book review: Critical social theory in public administration by Richard Box. Journal of Public Administration (in Chinese), Vol. 2 (pp. 157-164).