Benoy Jacob is the Director of the Community Development Institute, at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Division of Extension. Benoy’s research focuses on the growth and governance of cities; in particular, he explores issues of public finance, state and local relationships, and social diversity and equity. Benoy’s work has been featured in the 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 and sits on the editorial board for the State and Local Government Review.
Benoy’s work has been supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance, and he also served as Research Fellow for the ICMA.
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 UW in the summer of 2020, Benoy served as an Associate Professor at UNLV in the School of Public Policy and Leadership where he was also the interim (inaugural) Director of the MGM Public Policy Institute. Benoy also served as an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver (from 2010 – 2016) 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 (2008-2010).