Jennifer French Giarratano
Public Relations Manager
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
ATLANTA—Economist Sally Wallace, interim dean of Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies during the 2017-18 academic year, has been named dean of the Andrew Young School.
Wallace, a professor of economics, has been on Georgia State’s faculty since 1991, serving five years as department chair. She was the school’s associate dean for research and strategic initiatives from 2015 to 2017 and has directed the Fiscal Research Center since 2011.
During the 2009/10 academic year, Wallace was provost and vice president of academic affairs for the International University of Grand Bassam in Cote d’Ivoire. She has also served as co-director of the Jamaican Tax Reform Project, senior staff member for the Pakistan Tax Study and the Guatemala Fiscal Project, and she holds the title of “Extraordinary Professor of Economics” at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
“Since the Andrew Young School began 22 years ago, it has benefited from innovative, creative and thoughtful leaders and has set a high standard for engaged policy research,” said Wallace said. “Our departmental and research faculty and staff—along with our alumni, students and partners—have a unique opportunity to redesign the public and nonprofit sectors while working with the private sector.
“By extending hands-on learning with policymakers, diving deeper into data, exploring technology and working across disciplinary lines, we will continue to be the policy school that policymakers look to for education and research in this new economy.”
Wallace has consulted widely on tax policy, fiscal decentralization, and revenue forecasting and analysis in countries that include Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Jamaica, Yemen and China. She served as resident chief of party for the Andrew Young School’s Russian fiscal reform project from 1997-99.
Prior to her academic career, Wallace was a financial economist with the Office of Tax Analysis at the United States Treasury Department. She currently serves on the editorial boards of International Tax and Public Finance and State Tax Notes.
Wallace holds an undergraduate degree from William Smith College and a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University. Her research interests include income taxation, sales taxation, tax burden analysis and distributional effects of taxation.
“The continued success of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is essential to many dimensions of our university’s strategic plan,” said Risa Palm, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Georgia State. “President Mark Becker and I are excited to have Sally Wallace serve in this leadership role and look forward to working with her as the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies continues to make important contributions to the success of the university.”
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies houses four academic departments—criminal justice and criminology, economics, public management and policy, and the School of Social Work—along with nearly a dozen research centers that include the Georgia Health Policy Center, International Center for Public Policy, Experimental Economics Lab and the new Urban Studies Institute. It rose to among the nation’s Top 20 colleges in last month’s U.S. News & World Report issue of “Best Graduate Programs in Public Affairs,” to No. 18, with four of six specialties ranking among the top 10.