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Carol EbdonCarol Ebdon, Ph.D.

Regents Foundation Professor, School of Public Administration
Chair, Masters in Public Administration Program
Date of Appointment: 1997

Phone: (402) 554.2152
Fax: (402) 554.2682
Office: CB 111

Primary Expertise

Public Budgeting
Financial Management
Local Government


B.S., John Carroll University, 1978
M.P.A., University of Toledo, 1979
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 1997

Courses taught

Public Budgeting
The Public Economy
Public Finance Administration
Aviation Finance

Professional Research

Professor Ebdon’s research focuses on public budgeting and finance, with a specific emphasis on budget institutions in local government. Her published work primarily focuses on three topics: the role of citizens in the budget process, capital management, and revenue structures. She served as the Finance Director for the City of Omaha from 2004-2009. Her experiences in that position are the basis for several current research projects, particularly in the areas of public pensions and public-private partnerships. Her work has been published in a variety of journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Administration Review, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Performance and Management Review, and Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management.

Professional Activities

Professor Ebdon is an active member of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, and served as the Chair of the organization in 2011. She has been a long-time member of the American Society for Public Administration, where she has served on the finance and audit committees, and was the President of two local chapters. She also serves as an advisor to the Budget Policy committee for the Government Finance Officers Association. At the community level, she is an active Rotary member, serves on the Finance Committee of the Omaha Housing Authority and the advisory board of the Omaha Public School District’s Academy of Finance, and is the 2012 President of the Omaha Public Library Foundation Board. 

Hobbies and Interests

Professor Ebdon enjoys travel, hiking, English mysteries, movies, and dogs.