Faculty Experts - Theodore Arapis, PhD

Theodore Arapis

Theodore Arapis
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Budgeting
  • School District Financing
  • Public Finance
  • Fiscal Transparency & Accountability
  • Government & Financial Management


Professor Arapis focuses on school district financing, local government fiscal savings, international fiscal transparency and the practice of budgeting for the state-level bureaucracy. He has written recently on the need for charter school funding reform, particularly in Pennsylvania. Arapis has been featured in POLITICO, WalletHub, The Philadelphia Inquirer and The WorldPost.


  • Ph.D., Auburn University
  • M.P.A., Kennesaw State University
  • B.S., University of Macedonia

Selected Publications

  • Arapis T., & V. Reitano. (2017). "Examining the Evolution of Cross-National Fiscal Transparency." American Review of Public Administration.
  • Arapis T., Reitano V., & E. Bruck. (2017). "The Fiscal Savings Behavior of Pennsylvania School Districts through the Great Recession." Public Budgeting & Finance.
  • Arapis T. & V. Reitano. (2016). "A Glimmer of Optimism in Government Savings Accumulation? An Empirical Examination of Municipal Unassigned Fund Balance in Florida." Public Finance Review.
  • Arapis, T. (2016). Budgeting and Finance for City Services. In C. K. Palus & R. Dilworth (Eds.), Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Education Policy Fellow, Education Policy and Leadership Center

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