Paula Worthington, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Paula R. Worthington, Senior Lecturer at the Harris School, has taught hundreds of public policy graduate students the basics of state and local government fiscal policy analysis and cost-benefit analysis; led over 30 different small group practica projects; and advised numerous honors and independent study projects since joining the School in 2004.  She is consistently recognized for excellence in teaching, having been voted the Best Teacher in a Non-Core [elective] Class for nine of her 12 years at Harris, and in 2015, she was appointed to direct the new Harris Policy Labs program, which provides an intensive experiential learning opportunity to teams of second year Harris MPP students.  Her own interests are in state and municipal fiscal policies, and she is actively involved with efforts related to good governance and responsible financial policies at Harris’s Center for Municipal Finance and local civic organizations such as the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago.

Worthington received her PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 1988.  She has served as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a research officer, economic advisor, and senior research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and has published articles in academic journals and Federal Reserve publications.  Immediately prior to joining the Harris School, Worthington taught as a lecturer in the economics department at Northwestern University.  Her recent service activities include membership on the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Regional Planning and Investments Committee (2010-present; chair 2016-present); the state of Illinois’s Budgeting For Results Commission (2016-present); the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Financial Plan Resource Group (2008-2009); and Evanston/Skokie School District 65's Citizens' Budget Committee (2003-2004).