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Khaldoun AbouAssi Assistant Professor Department of Public Administration and Policy

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(202) 885-2509
SPA - Public Admin and Policy
Kerwin Hall - 343
By Appointment
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
Bio
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.
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Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Recordings

Podcast: Location of Decision-making in Membership Organizatons

PodcastOrganizational Response to Changing Demands

PodcastNGO's Resource Capacity: Antecedents for Partnerships

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 Professional Development, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2018-)
  • 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

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

 

  1. AbouAssi K, Makhlouf N, Tran L*. (Forthcoming). Association Between Organizational Capacity and Scope Among Lebanese Nonprofits. Public Performance and Management Review
  2. AbouAssi K, Nabatchi T. (Forthcoming). A Snapshot of FOIA Administration:  Examining Recent Trends to Inform Future Research. American Review of Public Administration https://goo.gl/z8Xpst 
  3. AbouAssi K, Bies A. (Forthcoming). Relationships and Resources of NGOs: Coercive, Normative, and Mimetic Isomorphism in Shaping NGO Self-regulation. Public Management Review. Published online https://goo.gl/WMqqFG 
  4. AbouAssi K, Bowman A. (Forthcoming). Towards a Conditional Analysis of NGO-Local Governments Relations in Developing Countries. Perspective on Public Management and Governance. Published online https://goo.gl/7BTizf
  5. AbouAssi K, Tschirhart M. (2018). Organizational Response to Changing Demands: Predicting Behavior in Donor Networks. Public Administration Review. 78(1): 126-136 https://goo.gl/Ho7Fj5 (Podcast: https://goo.gl/6k2KbC)
  6. AbouAssi K., Tschirhart M., Makhlouf N*. (2017). Locations of Decision-Makers in Membership Organizations: Lessons from Lebanon. Nonprofit Management and Leadership. 28(2): 237-247 https://goo.gl/fAFWuJ  (Podcast: https://goo.gl/zqFxY1)
  7. AbouAssi K, Jo S*. (2017). Partnerships among Lebanese Nonprofit Organizations:  Assessing the Impact on Human Resource Capacity. American Review of Public Administration. 47(6): 487-498 https://goo.gl/O8ClnJ 
  8. AbouAssi K, An SH*. (2017). Gender Representation and Organizational Size: Examining Opportunities for Members’ Involvement in Membership Organizations. Public Management Review. 19(10): 1437-1454 http://goo.gl/Ijgz3Q 
  9. AbouAssi K, Bowman A. (2017). Special-Purpose Authorities: A Welcomed Alien to Decentralization in Lebanon. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 83(3): 503-523 https://goo.gl/JAtF7F 
  10. 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
  11. 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  (Podcast: https://goo.gl/nyA4VZ)
  12. 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
  13. 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 
  14. 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 
  15. 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
  16. 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 
  17. 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.

 

 

 

 

Professional Presentations

International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) XXII Annual Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland. April 2018
  • Panel Presentation: The Gender Factor in Cross-sectoral Collaboration (with Zachary Bauer and Jocelyn Johnston)
  • Panel Presentation: Citizen Participation: Incorporating a Collective Action Perspective (with Mary Tschirhart and Steven R. Smith)
  American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference. Denver, CO. March 2018
  • Panel Presentation: Testing Theories of Local Government-NGO Interactions in Developing Countries (with Ann O’M Bowman, Jocelyn Johnston, Long Tran, and Zachary Bauer)
  Southern Political Science Association 2018 Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. January 2018
  • Panel Presentation: Local Government-NGO Interactions in Developing Countries (with Ann O’M Bowman, Jocelyn Johnston, Long Tran, and Zachary Bauer)
  • Panel Presentation: Examining FOIA’s Organizational and Process Characteristics (with Tina Nabatchi)
  Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 46th Annual Conference. Grand Rapids, MI. November 2017
  • Panel Presentation: Volunteering in Membership Associations: Does Gender Diversity Make a Difference (with Seung-ho An)
  • Panel Presentation: Dynamics of NGO-Local Government Relations in A Nonwestern Context: What Can We Learn? (with Ann O’M Bowman, Jocelyn Johnston, Long Tran, and Zachary Bauer)
  • Panel Presentation: Perceptions on the Use and Availability of Local Government and Nonprofit Services in Diverse Urban Settings (with Lewis Faulk, Minjung Kim, Joe Shaffer and Long Tran)
  • Colloquy Presentation: Advancing the Research Agenda on Local Government-Nonprofit Relationships
  Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. October 2017
  • Roundtable Discussion: Bringing Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations into Globalized Public Affairs Curricula
  Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM) 29th Annual Research Conference. Washington, D.C. September 2017
  • Panel Presentation: Exploring a Framework for NGO-Local Government Collaboration: Comparing Collaboration in Developed and Developing Countries (with Ann O’M Bowman, Jocelyn Johnston, Long Tran, and Zachary Bauer)
  Academy of Management Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA. August 2017
  • Panel Presentation: Birds of a Feather?: Nonprofit Partnership Formation and Evolution in Uncertain Contexts! (with Julia Carboni)
  Public Management Research Conference. Washington, D.C. June 2017
  • Panel Presentation: Individual Perceptions and Use of Nonprofits in Diverse Urban Settings (with Lewis Faulk, Minjung Kim, Joe Shaffer and Long Tran)
  • Panel Presentation: Job Mobility Across and Within Sectors: Millennials’ Story (with Jasmine Johnson and Stephen Holt)
  Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)-Asia Conference. Beijing, China. June 2017
  • Panel Presentation: Examining the Association between Organizational Mission and Capacity (with Nadeen Makhlouf and Long Tran)
  International Studies Association 2017 Annual Convention. Baltimore, MD. February 2017
  • Panel Presentation: Towards a Conditional Analysis of NGO-Local Government Relations in Developing Countries (with Ann O’M Bowman)
  Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 45th Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. November 2016
  • Panel Presentation: Human Resources in Nonprofits: An Indicator of Capacity or Need? a conference (with Suyeon Jo)
  • Panel Presentation: Organizational Scope and Capacity (with Nadeen Makhlouf and Long Tran)
  International Conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World. Washington, D.C. July 2016
  • Panel Presentation: Creating Sound Governance through Cross-Sectoral Interactions at the Local Level (with Ann O’M Bowman)
  International Research Society for Public Management 20th Annual Conference. Hong Kong. April 2016
  • Panel Presentation: Civic Voice and Tensions with Public Management (with Mary Tschirhart)
  American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. March 2016
  • Panel Presentation: Creating Sound Governance through Cross-Sectoral Interactions at the Local Level (with Ann O’M. Bowman)
  Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 44th Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. November 2015
  • Panel Presentation: Nonprofit Organization Involvement in the Certification Industry: Certification Promotion to Soldiers, Sailors and Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Employment (with Mary Tschirhart)
  • Panel Presentation: Features of NGOs-Local Governments Relations in Developing Countries (with Ann O’M Bowman)
  • Panel Presentation: Gender and Size Matter! Examining Opportunities for Members’ Participation in Membership Associations, (with Seung-Ho An)
  Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Workshop in Multidisciplinary Philanthropic Studies. Indianapolis, IN. September 2015
  • Workshop Presentation: Institutional or Strategic Legitimacy?: Explaining Collaborative Partnership Formation and Field Structuration (with Julia Carboni)
  Public Management Research Conference. Minnapolis, MN. June 2015
  • Panel Presentation: At the Intersection: Governance, Collaboration and Engagement in Developing Countries (with Ann O’M. Bowman)
   

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Research Fellow, Center for Organizational Research and Design, Arizona State University
  • 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)

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