Bruce D. McDonald, III PhD

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Associate Professor


Bruce D. McDonald III is an associate professor of public budgeting and finance in the Department of Public Administration at North Carolina State University. He is also the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education and associate editor with the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. A graduate of Florida State University and the London School of Economics, his current research focuses on issues of defense finance and human capital, the measurement of fiscal health within local governments, and the intellectual history of public administration field. His research has appeared in the Annual Review of Political and Military Sociology, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, and the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, among others.


Are Safe Cities Strong Cities with Myung Jin, Vincent Reitano and April West

A Tale of Three Cities: A Case Study of Municipal Bankruptcy with Charlie Coe, Vincent Reitano and April West

Defense Technology and the Benefits of Public Goods with Robert Eger

Extension and Community Engagement

Triangle Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, Treasurer

Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, 2016 Conference Treasurer

Midwest Conference of Public Affairs, Board of Trustees

Regions Beyond International, Board of Directors


Kim, J., McDonald, B. D., & Lee, K. (Forthcoming). The Nexus of State and Local Capacity in Vertical Policy Diffusion. American Review of Public Administration.

Myung, J., McDonald, B. D., & Park, J. (Forthcoming). The role of contingency factors in leader-follower interactions. International Journal of Public Sector Management.

McDonald, B. D., & Reitano, V. (2016). Sanction failure: Economic growth, defense expenditures, and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Armed Forces and Society42(4), 635-654.

McDonald, B. D. (2015). Does the charter form improve the fiscal health of counties? Public Administration Review75(4), 609-618.

Eger, R. J., McDonald, B. D., & Wilsker, A. L. (2015). Religious attitudes and charitable contributions. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 17(2), 52-65. 

McDonald, B. D. (2015). A 'dirty' approach to efficient revenue forecasting. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 1(1), 3-17.

McDonald, B. D., & Gabrini, C. J. (2014). Determinants of charter county decisions: An event history analysis of Florida counties. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory24(4), 721-739.


  • Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida State University, 2011
  • M.Sc. in Economic History from London School of Economics, 2006
  • M.A. in Peace and Conflict Resolution from American Military University, 2004
  • B.A. in Communications from Mercer University, 2003