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Janey Wang

Associate Professor
PA Advisor
Phone: (415) 405-3491
Location: HSS 133

Please note that Dr. Wang is currently on summer break and will be unavailable until the fall semester begins. For any inquiries, please wait until the end of August to contact them. Thank you for your understanding.

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Janey Q. Wang is an associate professor of public administration.  Her research focuses on local government fiscal policies, debt administration, and nonprofit finance. Janey holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the Indiana University and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Renmin University of China.   She has published in various public and nonprofit administration journals including Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Municipal Finance Journal, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Journal of the Transportation Research Board. She has worked on funded projects supported by the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, Kresge Foundation Advancing Knowledge Scholars Program, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Currently she is working on infrastructure finance project in China. 

Teaching Interests

Dr. Wang has taught a variety of core curriculum and elective courses in the MPA program, including Resource Management, Financial Management, Policy Analysis, Research Method and Economics Perspective. She is passionate about developing new courses and bringing new perspectives to her students. In addition, she has served on four MPA degree thesis committees (one as chair) and delivered five independent study courses to MPA students. 

Research Interests

Dr. Wang's research in the field of public finance can be categorized into three areas of inquiry: (1) Fiscal institutions and tax progressivity, (2) Debt management and California's debt in particular, and (3) Public finance in China. Most research in area of debt management in California has been developed after she joined the faculty at San Francisco State University. In particular, she has added a new area to her research portfolio: Nonprofit finance, which is consistent with her primary research interests in public finance. 


2016. The Pedagogical Design Factors that Enhance Learning in Hybrid Courses: A Contribution to Design-Based Instructional Theory. Journal of Public Affairs Education , 22(3), (with Jennifer Shea and M. Ernita Joaquin, co-author)

2015. Revenue Diversification in Housing Nonprofits:  Impact of State Funding Environments. 45(3). Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly.  (with Jennifer Shea, co-author). 2015. The Impact of Transportation Investment on Economic Growth in China. 

Journal of the Transportation Research Board. No. 2531 on pages 9-16. (with John Mikesell, Jerry Zhao and Yang He, co-author). 2015. Determinants of Debt Burdens: Evidence from California Counties. Public Finance and Management 15 (2). (with Kenneth A. Kriz, co-author).

2012.  Who Pays and Who Benefits? -- The Impact of State Tax and Expenditure Limits on Tax Progressivity and Redistributive Spending.  Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management 24 (4) Winter. 2012. 

Land Taxation in China: Assessment of Prospects for Politically and Economically Sustainable Reform.  Annals of Economics and Finance (November): 13 (2). (with Nitikin, Denis, Chunli Shen, and Heng-fu Zou, co-authors) 2012.

Water Service Delivery Reform in China: Safeguarding the Interests of the Poor. 

Annals of Economics and Finance (November): 13 (2). (with Nitikin, Denis, Chunli Shen, and Heng-fu Zou, co-authors) 2010. State Government Debt Management: The Forgotten Tool in the Financial Manager Triage Bag.  Municipal Finance Journal (Spring): 31 (1). (with Johnson, Craig, Sharon N. Kioko, co-authors) 2009. Local Governments Tax Effort in China: An Analysis of Provincial Tax Performance.  Region & Development (November). (with Chunli Shen and Heng-fu Zou, co-authors)


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