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Khaldoun AbouAssi

Assistant Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy

Khaldoun AbouAssi holds a PhD in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. From 2012-2015, Dr. AbouAssi was an Assistant Professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M.

Dr. AbouAssi’s research focuses on nonprofit and public management from a comparative perspective, examining organizational capacity, resources, and inter-organizational relations. His work has appeared in such scholarly journals as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, International Review of Administrative Sciences, and International Journal of Public Administration. Dr. AbouAssi is the recipient of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s 2013 Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action.

Dr. AbouAssi serves in leadership positions at several professional organizations including the American Society of Public Administration and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Dr. AbouAssi also has extensive practical experience, having worked for more than 12 years in public and nonprofit organizations in the Middle East. In addition, he serves as a consultant and trainer to NGOs and donor agencies.

Degrees

PhD., Public Administration, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University
MA, Public Administration, American University of Beirut
BA, Public Administration, American University of Beirut

Languages Spoken
English, Arabic

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SPA - Public Admin and Policy
Ward - 343
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(202) 885-2509

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. AbouAssi K., Tschirhart M., Makhlouf, N. Locations of Decision-Makers in Membership Organizations: Lessons from Lebanon, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, (ACCEPTED)
  2. AbouAssi K., Tschirhart M. Organizational Response to Changing Demands: Predicting Behavior in Donor Networks, Public Administration Review. Published online https://goo.gl/Ho7Fj5 
  3. AbouAssi K, An SH. (Forthcoming). Gender Representation and Organizational Size: Examining Opportunities for Members’ Involvement in Membership Organizations, Public Management Review, Published online http://goo.gl/Ijgz3Q 
  4. AbouAssi K, Jo S. (Forthcoming). Partnerships among Lebanese Nonprofit Organizations:  Assessing the Impact on Human Resource Capacity, American Review of Public Administration, Published online https://goo.gl/O8ClnJ
  5. AbouAssi K, Bowman A. (Forthcoming). Special-Purpose Authorities: A Welcomed Alien to Decentralization in Lebanon. International Review of Administrative Sciences, Published online https://goo.gl/JAtF7F 
  6. AbouAssi K, Trent D. (2016). NGOs Accountability from an NGO Perspective: Perceptions, Strategies, And Practices, Public Administration and Development, 36: 283–296 https://goo.gl/SaoOU8
  7. AbouAssi K, Makhlouf N, Whalen P. (2016). Nonprofits Resource Capacity: Antecedents for Partnerships. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 26(4):435-451 https://goo.gl/pP8z4D 
  8. AbouAssi K. (2015). Testing Resource Dependency as a Motivator for NGO Self-Regulation: Suggestive Evidence from the Global South. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 44(6): 1255-1273 https://goo.gl/LXKJS4
  9. AbouAssi K. (2014). Get Money Get Involved? NGO’s Reactions to Donor Funding and their Potential Involvement in the Public Policy Processes. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 25(4): 968-990 https://goo.gl/EsvL1w 
  10. AbouAssi K, Nabatchi T, Antoun R. (2013). Challenges of Citizen Participation in Public Administration in Lebanon. International Journal of Public Administration, 36(14): 1029-1043 https://goo.gl/MJxVlf 
  11. AbouAssi K. (2013). Hands in the Pockets of Mercurial Donors: NGO Response to Shifting Funding Priorities. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 42(3): 584-602 https://goo.gl/gh2IZL
  12. AbouAssi K, Trent D. (2013). Understanding Local Participation amidst Challenges: Evidence from Lebanon in the Global South. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 24(4): 1113-1137 https://goo.gl/X3WVvT 
  13. AbouAssi K. (2010). International Development Management through a Southern Lens. Public Administration and Development Journal, 30(2): 116-123. https://goo.gl/FQVbJv 

 

Book Chapters

 

  1. Corbett C, Vienne D, AbouAssi K, Namisi H, and Smith DH. (2016). Self-Regulation in Associations. In DH. Smith, RA Stebbins, and J. Grotz (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations, (pp. 1025-1044). Palgrave Macmillan UK
  2. AbouAssi K. (2015). Giving in Lebanon: Traditions and Reality in an Unstable Environment. In F. Handy and P. Wiepking (eds.) The Palgrave Research Companion to Global Philanthropy (pp. 338-353) Palgrave Macmillan: New York, NY Awarded ARNOVA’s 2016 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize
  3. AbouAssi K. (2015). The Third Wheel in Public Policy: An Overview of NGOs in Lebanon. In Public Policy and Administration in the Middle East, A. Dawoody (ed.) (pp. 215-231). Springer: New York, NY.
  4. AbouAssi K. (2007). Lebanon Country Profile. In V. Finn Heinrich (ed.), CIVICUS Survey of the State of Civil Society. Kumarian Press, Inc, Bloomfield, CT.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Maxwell School’s Tenth e-PARCC Collaborative Governance Initiative Competition Best Teaching Simulation Award, for “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, in collaboration with Tina Nabatchi (2017)
  • Robert Cleary Award for Excellence in Public Affairs Research, School of Public Affairs, American University (2017)
  • Maxwell School’s Seventh e-PARCC Collaborative Governance Initiative Competition for Teaching Case and Simulation Competition Award “New Funding, New Beginnings: To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate”, in collaboration with Catherine Herrold (2014)
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research (2013)
  • Visiting Scholar with the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University (2010)

Professional Presentations

  • Birds of a Feather?: Nonprofit Partnership Formation and Evolution in Uncertain Contexts! A conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi and Julia Carboni at the Academy of Management 2017 Annual Meeting, August 4-8, 2017, Atlanta, GA
  • Individual Perceptions and Use of Nonprofits in Diverse Urban Settings, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi, Lewis Faulk, Minjung Kim, Joe Shaffer and Long Tran at the 13th Public Management Research Conference, June 8-10, 2017, Washington, DC
  • Job Mobility Across and Within Sectors: Millennials’ Story, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi, Jasmine Johnson and Stephen Holt at the 13th Public Management Research Conference, June 8-10, 2017, Washington, DC
  • Examining the Association between Organizational Mission and Capacity, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi, Nadeen Makhlouf and Long Tran, at ARNOVA-Asia Conference, June 6-7, 2017, Beijing, China
  • Human Resources in Nonprofits: An Indicator of Capacity or Need? a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi and Suyeon Jo at ARNOVA’s 45th Annual Conference, Nov. 17-19, 2016, Washington, DC
  • Organizational Scope and Capacity, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi, Nadeen Makhlouf and Long Tran, at ARNOVA’s 45th Annual Conference, Nov. 17-19, 2016, Washington, DC
  • Creating Sound Governance through Cross-Sectoral Interactions at the Local Level, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi and Ann O’M Bowman, at 3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World, July 18-19, Washington DC
  • Local Cross-sector Collaboration: A Theoretical Perspective, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi and Ann O’M Bowman (via Skype), at International Society of Third Sector Research’s 12th International Conference, June 28-July 1, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Civic Voice and Tensions with Public Management, a conference paper by Mary Tschirhart and Khaldoun AbouAssi at the International Research Society for Public Management’s 20th Annual Conference, April 13-15, 2016, Hong Kong
  • Creating Sound Governance through Cross-Sectoral Interactions at the Local Level, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi and Ann O’M. Bowman at the 2016 American Society of Public Administration Conference, March 18-22, 2016, Seattle, WA
  • Nonprofit Organization Involvement in the Certification Industry: Certification Promotion to Soldiers, Sailors and Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Employment, a conference paper by Mary Tschirhart and Khaldoun AbouAssi at ARNOVA’s 44th Annual Conference, Nov. 19-21, 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Features of NGOs-Local Governments Relations in Developing Countries, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi and Ann O’M Bowman at ARNOVA’s 44th Annual Conference, Nov. 19-21, 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Gender and Size Matter! Examining Opportunities for Members’ Participation in Membership Associations, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi and Seung-Ho An at ARNOVA’s 44th Annual Conference, Nov. 19-21, 2015, Chicago, IL
  • Institutional or Strategic Legitimacy?: Explaining Collaborative Partnership Formation and Field Structuration, with Julia Carboni, at the Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Sept. 22, 2015, Indianapolis, IN
  • At the Intersection: Governance, Collaboration and Engagement in Developing Countries, a conference paper by Khaldoun AbouAssi and Ann O’M. Bowman at the 12th Public Management Research Conference, June 11-13, 2015, Minnapolis, MN

 

Professional Services

  • At-large member of the Board of Directors- Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2015-)
  • Chair of the Committee on Diversity, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2015-)
  • Chair of the Code of Ethics Taskforce, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2015-17)
  • Immediate-past Chair of the Section on Effective and Sound Administration in the Middle East—American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) (2017-2019); Chair (2014-2017)
  • At-large member of the Executive Committee of the Theory, Issues, and Boundaries Section (TIBS)—Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2013-)
  • Member of International Chapter Development Taskforce, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) (2016-2017)
  • Member of the conference committee, 1st ARNOVA ASIA Nonprofit Conference (2017)
  • Member of the conference committee, 3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance (2016)
  • Chair of ARNOVA’s 2015 Early Scholars Professional Development Workshop Committee
  • Member of the 2015 Best Dissertation Award Selection Committee for the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management
  • Chair of ARNOVA’s 2014 Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation Committee
  • Member of the Working Group of the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at Yale University (2014)
  • Manuscript reviewer for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit, Environment, Development and Sustainability, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Public Management Review, and Global Economics and Management Review

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