Faculty and Staff

Olha Krupa, PhD

PhD, Public Affairs

Director, Masters of Public Administration Program
Associate Professor, Institute of Public Service

Phone: 206.296.2509

Building/Room: Casey 210-07



At Seattle University, I hold an associate professor and MPA program director appointment with the Institute of Public Service. My teaching interests include financial management, budgeting, and government finance. Through research and teaching, I aspire to make public finance and budgeting accessible, understandable, and helpful for all, resulting in efficient and equitable choices in public administration.

In research, I explore tax policies of the US state and local government, measuring horizontal and vertical equity issues in property taxation. I am also interested in the financial performance of local governments, government reorganization, and the public finances of transition economies. With Professor Elizabeth Dale, I published a special report on charitable giving under the auspices of Giving USA Foundation. Supported by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, my current research project examines the outcomes of education finance reform in Washington State. During my professional formation, I have received continuous, significant support from Indiana University, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Open Society Institute and the US Department of State. My published research appears in Public Finance Review, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Property Tax Assessment and Administration, and State Tax Notes. Upon request, I consult on quantitative and data research for various public sector studies.

Although I grew up and completed my B.A. degree in international business in Ukraine, I have been studying and working in the United States for over twenty years. My MPA and Ph.D. degrees are from Indiana University (Bloomington). My previous work experiences include Citibank (corporate and investment banking), the World Bank (East Asia Environment group), Hudson Institute of Policy Research, and New York Water Municipal Finance Authority.