Zhirong “Jerry” Zhao
Professor and Director, Master of Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Zhirong "Jerry" Zhao specializes in the field of public administration. His research focuses on local and nonprofit financial issues, in particular the mechanisms used by local governments and nonprofit agencies to generate sufficient revenues; how the financial structure of public or nonprofit organizations affects the pattern and effectiveness of public service delivery; and how public and nonprofit organizations interact—vertically or horizontally—in budgetary and service decision making.
Zhao holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Georgia and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in urban planning from Tongji University, Shanghai (China). In his earlier career as an urban planner, he consulted for many local governments across China and published journal articles in New Architecture and Urban Planning Forum, as well as book chapters on historical preservation. As a public administration scholar, his publications have appeared in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, Transportation Research Record, Public Finance Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, and the Chinese Public Administration Review.