Merlene-Patrice Quispe

Merlene-Patrice Quispe

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Research interests

Income inequality and poverty; international development; infrastructure finance; local government management; public budgeting; public financial management

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Merlene-Patrice Bourdeau Quispe is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the leadership and management area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include examining truth and integrity in budgets, especially at the state, county and municipal levels; examining the performance of local governments in execution of their budgets; and furthering the research in performance budgeting by examining if adherence to best practices as recommended by budgetary institutions does, in fact, lead to desired outcomes expressed by  citizens.

Quispe's work experience includes serving in multiple fiscal positions at the municipal level. She also has worked internationally as a microfinance expert for USAID and the United Nations in multiple countries, including the United States, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Peru, Burkina Faso, Morocco and Kenya. 

Quispe earned her PhD in Public Affairs from Florida International University. She holds a master’s degree from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from York College. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Public Affairs, Florida International University

… → 2022

Masters, Public Administration, New York University

… → 1994

BA, Economics, York College

… → 1989

Research Interest Keywords

  • income inequality
  • international development
  • infrastructure finance
  • local government management
  • public budgeting
  • public financial management

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