Jayce Farmer

Assistant Professor of Governance
Expertise: Public finance, Urban affairs, State and local government policy, Regional governance


Jayce Farmer is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research interests and expertise include public finances, state and local government administration, urban affairs and issues, and public policy. He has more than a decade of experience in public fiscal administration, having worked as a policy and budget analyst for local governments in Florida. His budgeting experience includes coordinating and managing the capital budget process for the City of Tallahassee, Florida, as well as overseeing the implementation of several large government funds.

Farmer's experience also includes providing technical assistance to local jurisdictions in Central Texas in their efforts to enhance services for their citizens. In 2016, he conducted several citizen satisfaction surveys for local communities that provided valuable feedback to community leaders. These ongoing surveys are set to provide benchmarking tools for local governments throughout this region. Additionally, his experience in addressing local government issues has also led him to conduct workshops that have allowed him to advise appointed and elected local leaders on how to develop more effective working relationships.

In addition to his practical experience, he conducts research on a wide variety of local government policy and fiscal issues that has been published in several academic journals including: Public Budgeting and Finance, Urban Affairs Review, Public Performance & Management Review, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.



  • Ph.D. Florida State University

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Jayce Farmer In The News

June 23, 2021
The US government’s definition of an American metropolis could change and some cities are concerned about being downgraded.
May 5, 2021
This week on Facing the Future, former Ambassador and New Hampshire Congressman Richard Swett gave me his thoughts on President Biden’s policy agenda. Then I took a virtual trip to Las Vegas with Concord Coalition National Field Director Phil Smith. We interviewed Jayce Farmer, a professor of public policy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who has conducted our budget exercise Principles and Priorities with his mid-career graduate students for the past three years.
February 18, 2021
The panel series, “We Need To Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas,” will stream the sixth episode on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
May 19, 2020
So far, Nevada's response to COVID-19 seems to be working. Governor Steve Sisolak issued his emergency order to close nonessential businesses back in March. He says it helped slow the pandemic down.

Articles Featuring Jayce Farmer

Campus News | July 9, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.
Claytee White seated with "We Need to Talk" on TV screen behind her
Business and Community | January 28, 2021
The series, sponsored by UNLV Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, will be live-streamed by UNLV TV.
Jayce Farmer
Campus News | January 27, 2017
The public policy professor discusses trust for politicians, the influence of social media, and the state's next legislative session.