She has a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Byrnes was on the faculty of the School of Public Policy and Management at Ohio State University from 1990 to 1998.
She has conducted research for two federally funded research and development centers in Washington, DC. She has consulted with various state and local organizations on financial and performance management issues.
Her research interests include productivity measurement, data envelopment analysis applications, and state and local finance. Her research has been published in Public Productivity and Management Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, Management Science, National Tax Journal, and Urban Affairs Review.