Travis St.Clair is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, teaching courses on public finance and financial management. His research is motivated by two overarching questions: what are the long-term fiscal challenges facing state and local governments in the United States, and what are the impacts of fiscal institutions on budgetary outcomes in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Current projects examine how state governments manage contribution risk in defined benefit pension plans and what effect regulatory thresholds have on nonprofit financial management.  In addition to his substantive interests in public finance, Prof. St.Clair also has methodological interests in causal inference, and in particular, the conditions under which quasi-experimental research designs provide unbiased estimates of causal effects. Prof. St.Clair received his PhD in public policy from George Washington University and a BA in chemistry from Harvard.  From 2012-2013, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research.

Areas of Interest: State and local government financial management, nonprofit financial management, fiscal institutions, program evaluation, quasi-experimental design.