Sarah Larson

, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.A., B.A.

Assistant Professor in Public Budgeting and Finance

Public Administration


Sarah Larson is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. She received her joint doctorate in public policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. Previously, Larson worked as a senior research associate for the Center for State and Local Finance and the Fiscal Research Center housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her research interests include state and local taxation, revenue tax policy and quantitative methodologies.


  • Ph.D., Public Policy, Indiana University
  • M.S., Statistical Science, Indiana University
  • M.P.A., Public Affairs, Indiana University
  • B.A., Political Science, Miami University
  • Research

    Research Interests

    • public financial management
    • public policy
    • statistics
    • local and state government
    • PAD 6207: Public Financial Management

      Survey of financial management functions in local government, such as accounting, fund structures, debt and case management, and financial reporting. The course helps to develop a deeper understanding of how local governments secure and administer financial resources in order to pay for services.

    • PAD 6700: Research Methods for Public Administration

      This course provides a foundation in the theory and practice of applied research methodology in public policy and administration. These methods are used in program evaluation, monitoring social programs, performance evaluation, and assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of their impacts. The evidence-based policy and public management aim to improve government effectiveness by developing and utilizing a rigorous base of information and scientific evidence to guide decisions about program design, funding, implementation, evaluation, and management.

    • PAD 6701: Analytic Techniques for Public Administration

      Applied analytical tools for administrators in the public sector. Practical use of computers in policy and decision making. Study of descriptive statistics, statistical displays, central tendency and dispersion, probability, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, comparison of means, and relationships between variables.

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