Rui Sun

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Professor / Co-Director, Public Policy Institute

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Dr. Rui Sun is a Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Co-Director of the Public Policy Institute at the California State University, Dominguez Hills. She received her Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland in 2009 and her MPA from Auburn University in 2004. She also holds an M.A. and a B.A. degree in International Relations from Peking University, China. Dr. Sun’s research focuses on fiscal federalism, citizen engagement in local government budgeting, and the fiscal health and sustainability of local governments. Her current research interests also include social media utilization in public and nonprofit sectors, and education policy and innovation. Dr. Sun’s work has appeared in peer-reviewed academic journals including the American Review of Public Administration, International Journal of Public Administration, Municipal Finance Journal, Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Finance and ManagementPublic Finance Review, etc. She is also a co-editor of a peer-reviewed book titled Cases on Strategic Social Media Utilization in the Nonprofit Sector (2015) and a co-editor of the Special Issue on Social Media Adoption, Utilization, and Consequences in the Nonprofit Sector of the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age. Dr. Sun serves as a council member at the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and is a member of the Student Engagement Committee of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers. She was elected as the President of the China-America Association for Public Affairs (2022-2023).


Courses Taught at CSUDH

PUB 302, Administration of Financial Resources

PUB 500, Environment and Practice of Public Administration

PUB 502, Administrative Theory and Behavior

PUB 510, Public Budgeting

PUB 574, Health Care Financial Management 

PUB 582, Public and Nonprofit Financial Management

PUB 592, Capstone: Integrative Seminar in Public Administration


Curriculum Vitae

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