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Benoy Jacob

Associate Professor & Program Coordinator, Interim Director of the MGM Resorts Public Policy Institute at UNLV
Department(s): Public Policy and Leadership
Office: GUA 3104
Mail Code: 4030
Phone: 702-969-3175
Email: benoy.jacob@unlv.edu


Benoy Jacob is an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator for the Urban Leadership Program. Jacob also serves as the Interim Director of the MGM Public Policy Institute at UNLV. Benoy’s research focuses on the growth and governance of cities; in particular, issues of public finance, state and local relationships, and social diversity and equity. Currently, Benoy is working on a project exploring the role of social cohesion in the evolution of cities. His work has been featured in Urban Affairs Review, the National Tax Journal, and Public Administration Review. Benoy also serves on the Executive Committee for ASPA’s Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management, the Executive Committee for the National Certified Public Management Association, and the editorial board for the Urban Affairs Review.

Benoy’s work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance.

Benoy earned his PhD in Public Administration in 2008 from the University of Illinois – Chicago. While completing his PhD, he worked as a Summer Associate at RAND and was also awarded a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy dissertation fellowship. Benoy has also worked as a land-use planner for Rockland County, New York, and as a development consultant for Ferrandino & Associates, a small consulting firm in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Before joining UNLV in the fall 2016, Benoy Jacob served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver where he was also the Director of the Local Government Center at the University of Colorado, and their Certified Public Management Program. Prior to that Benoy was an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University.