Karen Kunz is an associate professor and director of the Master of Public
Administration Program at West Virginia University. In addition to teaching graduate
courses in public finance and fiscal policy, Dr. Kunz has coauthored two
books, When the Levees Break: Revisioning Securities Regulation (2016), and
The Cost of Congress (2021, www.thecostofcongress.com), which was supported
by a Congressional Research Grant from the Dirksen Center.
She has collaborated on numerous articles on varying topics including public
leadership, federal fiscal policies and practices, and political philosophy, and
received an award from Emerald Publishers for Outstanding Author Contribution
for the book chapter Unsettling the Memes of Neoliberal Capitalism through
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Kunz was employed in the financial services industry.
She developed and operated a consulting firm in Los Angeles that provided
administrative, audit, and compliance services to multinational and boutique
firms within the sector.
Dr. Kunz is an active board member and officer for several organizations, including
the American Association of Budget & Program Analysts (AAABPA), the West
Virginia Center for Budget & Policy, and the West Virginia Food and Farm
Coalition, and a commissioner and treasurer for the Morgantown Utility Board. In
addition, she is a U.S. Army Veteran.