Portrait of Merlene-Patrice Quispe
M. Patrice
Postdoctoral Fellow/Graduate Faculty
242 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Leadership and Management Area
Areas of Expertise
Income inequality and poverty; international development; infrastructure finance; local government management; public budgeting; public financial management


    Merlene-Patrice Bourdeau Quispe is a postdoctoral fellow in the leadership and management area at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Her research interests include examining truth and integrity in budgets, especially at the state, county and municipal levels; examining the performance of local governments in execution of their budgets; and furthering the research in performance budgeting by examining if adherence to best practices as recommended by budgetary institutions does, in fact, lead to desired outcomes expressed by  citizens.

    Quispe's work experience includes serving in multiple fiscal positions at the municipal level. She also has worked internationally as a microfinance expert for USAID and the United Nations in multiple countries, including the United States, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Peru, Burkina Faso, Morocco and Kenya. 

    Quispe earned her PhD in Public Affairs from Florida International University. She holds a master’s degree from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree from York College. 


    PhD in Public Affairs (Florida International University, 2022)

    MPA in Public Administration (New York University, 1994)

    BA in Economics (York College, 1989)