Kurt Zorn has been appointed acting vice provost for undergraduate education for Indiana University Bloomington. He currently serves as associate vice provost for undergraduate education and a professor in the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. 

Zorn has conducted research, consulted and taught tax policy and fiscal decentralization in international settings including Egypt, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Russian Federation, China, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates. His work spans three decades and more than 60 articles and book chapters, and it has been published in journals including Public Budgeting & Finance, Economic Development Quarterly, Public Finance Quarterly, Growth and Change, Public Administration Review and The Journal of the Transportation Research Forum. Zorn is co-author of the book “Why Airplanes Crash: Aviation Safety in a Changing World,” published by the Oxford University Press.

Zorn joined IU in 1980 and has served as director of state relations, advisor to the president and interim dean and associate dean for academic and fiscal affairs at O’Neill. In addition to his academic duties, he serves as faculty athletics representative to the Big Ten and the NCAA. He is a member of the city of Bloomington Economic Development Commission and serves on the editorial board of Public Budgeting and Finance.

Zorn previously served as chair of the Citizens’ Commission on Taxes, created by then-Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon to formulate recommendations for improving the state and local tax system in Indiana. He has also served as chairman of the Indiana State Board of Tax Commissioners, as well as consultant to the state of Indiana, Indiana Infrastructure Inc., U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Transportation and the President’s Commission on Aviation Safety.  

Zorn earned his both his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Syracuse University and his B.A. in economics at State University of New York at Albany.

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