Can Chen is an Associate Professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. His main research interest is state and local infrastructure finance and policy. He serves as the chair for the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Section on Transportation Policy and Administration (STPA) for 2021-2023. He is a certified research associate at Mineta Transportation Institute. His Bachelor's degree is from Harbin Engineering University, MPA from Xiamen University, and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has published widely in journals on Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Management and Policy, and Transportation. His research was supported by grant funding from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Open Government Partnership.
John R. Bartle is the Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Professor of Public Administration and Urban Studies. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a Congressionally chartered advisory group to the federal government. He has published numerous journal articles in Public Budgeting and Finance, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management, Municipal Finance Journal, Public Works Management and Policy, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, State and Local Government Review, and Public Administration Review. He is the co-author or editor of three other books: Management Policies in Local Government Finance, Sustainable Development for Public Administration, and Evolving Theories of Public Budgeting. His Bachelor's degree is from Swarthmore College, MPA from the University of Texas, Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the State University of New York. He worked in city and state government in Minnesota and for state and national research organizations on tax policy issues. He leads an initiative to provide policy research for the Nebraska state legislature.