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Khaldoun AbouAssi Associate 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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Teaching

Spring 2020

  • PUAD-089 Colloquium in Public Adm & Pol

  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

  • PUAD-696 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Devel Governance & Management

  • PUAD-899 Doctoral Dissertation

Summer 2020

  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

Fall 2020

  • PUAD-089 Colloquium in Public Adm & Pol

  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

  • PUAD-684 Organizational Analysis

  • PUAD-685 Topics in Policy Analysis/Mgmt: Grant Management

Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Faculty Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Center, School of Public Affairs, American University
  • Research Fellow, Center for Organizational Research and Design, Arizona State University
  • SPA/WIPAR Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, School of Public Affairs, American University (2019)
  • UMD Do Good Institute & ARNOVA Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Award, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (2018)
  • 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)

Recordings

Podcast: Examining Cross-Sector Collaboration Formality

Podcast: Organizational Response to Changing Demands

Podcast: Location of Decision-making in Membership Organizations

Podcast: NGO's Resource Capacity: Antecedents for Partnerships

Professional Presentations

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 48th Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. November 2019.

  • Panel Presentation: Effectiveness in Local Government-NGO Collaboration: Assessing Governance Arrangements (with Zachary Bauer, Long Tran, and Jocelyn Johnston)

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Conference. Los Angeles, CA. October 2019.

  • Roundtable Discussion: Globalizing the MPA Curriculum: Preparing Students to Govern Beyond the Next 50 Years (with Angela Bies)

American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference. Washington, D.C. September 2019.

  • Panel Presentation: Effectiveness in Local Government-NGO Collaboration: Assessing Key Determinants (withZachary Bauer, Long Tran, and Jocelyn Johnston)

Public Management Research Conference. Chapel Hill, NC. June 2019.

  • Panel Presentation: Process & Organizational Characteristics Impacting the Administration of FOIA (with Suyeon Jo and Tina Nabatchi)
  • Panel Presentation: Organizational and Individual Leaders’ Characteristics, and the Formality of Cross-Sector Collaborations (with Zachary Bauer and Jocelyn Johnston)
  • Panel Presentation: Local Organizational Determinants of Local-International Relations: Evidence (with Long Tran)

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)-Asia Conference. Taichung, Taiwan. June 2019.

  • Panel Presentation: Relations between Local and International NGO: Evidence from Lebanon (with Long Tran)

American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Annual Conference. Washington, DC. March 2019.

  • Panel Presentation: Formal and Informal Cross-Sector Collaborations: Examining Individual and Organizational Effects (with Zachary Bauer and Jocelyn Johnston)

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 47th Annual Conference. Austin, TX. November 2018.

  • Panel Presentation: Local Determinants of Local-International NGO Relations: Evidence from Lebanon (with Long Tran)

American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference. Boston, MA. September 2018.

  • Panel Presentation: Formal or Informal Cross-Sector Collaborations: Testing Propositions From Prevailing Theories (with Zachary Bauer and Jocelyn Johnston)

International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) 13th International Conference. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. July 2018.

  • Panel Presentation: Collaboration, Venus and Mars (with Zachary Bauer and Jocelyn Johnston)
  • Panel Presentation: Understanding Local Government-NGO Interactions (with Ann O’M Bowman, Jocelyn Johnston, Long Tran, and Zachary Bauer)

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)

Professional Services

  • At-large member of the Board of Directors- Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2015-)
  • Annual Conference Co-chair, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2020-)
  • Chair of the Committee on Professional Development, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2018-2019)
  • Chair of the Committee on Diversity, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2015-2018)
  • Chair of the Code of Ethics Taskforce, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2015-17)
  • 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 JOURNAL ARTICLES

  1. Bauer Z, AbouAssi K, Johnston J. (Forthcoming). Examining Cross-Sector Collaboration Formality: The Roles of Organizational and Leadership Characteristics. Public Management Review http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2020.1798709
  2. AbouAssi K, Wang R, Huang K. (Forthcoming). Snuggling or Branching Out? Nonprofit Partnership Formation and Evolution in an Unstable Institutional Context. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764020945800
  3. Tran L*, AbouAssi K. (Forthcoming). Local Organizational Determinants of Local-International NGO Collaboration: Evidence from Lebanon. Public Management Review https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2019.1708436
  4. AbouAssi K, McGinnis Johnson J, Holt S*. (Forthcoming). Millennials’ Sector and Employer Switching: Do They Stay or Do They Go? Review of Public Personnel Administration https://doi.org/10.1177/0734371X19874396
  5. AbouAssi K, Amirkhanyan A, Billingsley G., Lyon R. (2019). Reflections on the Persistent Issue of Relevance in Public Administration. Perspective on Public Management and Governance. 2(4): 239–243https://doi.org/10.1093/ppmgov/gvz007
  6. AbouAssi K, Faulk L, Tran L*, Shaffer L*, Kim M*. (2019). Perceptions on the Use and Availability of Local Government and Nonprofit Services in Diverse Urban Settings. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 48(5): 975–997 https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764019845521
  7. AbouAssi K, Makhlouf N, Tran L*. (2019). Association Between Organizational Capacity and Scope Among Lebanese Nonprofits. Public Performance and Management Review 42(2): 461-482https://doi.org/10.1080/15309576.2018.1470013
  8. AbouAssi K, Bauer Z*, Johnston J. (2019). Collaboration, Venus, and Mars: The Gender Factor in Inter-Sectoral Relations. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 29(1): 18-31 https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muy041
  9. AbouAssi K, Nabatchi T. (2019). A Snapshot of FOIA Administration:  Examining Recent Trends to Inform Future Research. American Review of Public Administration 49(1), 21–35 https://doi.org/10.1177/0275074018771683
  10. AbouAssi K., Makhlouf, N. (2018). A Comparison of Nonprofits’ Application of Project Management Practices. Journal of Muslim Philanthropy & Civil Society 2(2): 9-34https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/muslimphilanthropy/article/view/1685
  11. AbouAssi K, Bies A. (2018). Relationships and Resources of NGOs: Coercive, Normative, and Mimetic Isomorphism in Shaping NGO Self-regulation. Public Management Review. 20(11): 1581-1601https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2017.1400583
  12. AbouAssi K, Bowman A. (2018). Towards a Conditional Analysis of NGO-Local Governments Relations in Developing Countries. Perspective on Public Management and Governance. 1(3): 222-235https://doi.org/10.1093/ppmgov/gvx012
  13. AbouAssi K., Tschirhart M. (2018). Organizational Response to Changing Demands: Predicting Behavior in Donor Networks. Public Administration Review. 78(1): 126-136 https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12786 (Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/y33zryo5)
  14. 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://doi.org/10.1002/nml.21272(Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/yxczrzqc)
  15. 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://doi.org/10.1177/0275074015613850
  16. AbouAssi K, An SH*. (2017). Gender Representation and Organizational Size: Examining Opportunities for Members’ Involvement in Membership Organizations. Public Management Review. 19(10): 1437-1454https://doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2017.1284255
  17. 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://doi.org/10.1177/0020852315583775
  18. AbouAssi K, Trent D. (2016). NGOs Accountability from an NGO Perspective: Perceptions, Strategies, And Practices. Public Administration and Development, 36: 283–296 https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.1764
  19. AbouAssi K, Makhlouf N*, Whalen P*. (2016). Nonprofits Resource Capacity: Antecedents for Partnerships. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 26(4):435-451 https://doi.org/10.1002/nml.21200 (Podcast: https://tinyurl.com/yxczrzqc)
  20. 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://doi.org/10.1177/0899764014556774
  21. 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://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-013-9389-y
  22. 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://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2013.809585
  23. 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://doi.org/10.1177/0899764012439629
  24. AbouAssi K, Trent D. (2013). Understanding Local Participation amidst Challenges: Evidence from Lebanon in the Global SouthVOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 24(4): 1113-1137 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-012-9315-8
  25. AbouAssi K. (2010). International Development Management through a Southern Lens. Public Administration and Development Journal, 30(2): 116-123. https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.570

 

PEER/EXPERT REVIEWED 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). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan
  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). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan: 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). New York, NY: Springer.
  4. AbouAssi K. (2007). Lebanon Country Profile. In V. Finn Heinrich (ed.), CIVICUS Global Survey of the State of Civil Society. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, Inc.

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

  1. AbouAssi K, Bowman O’M. (2017). At the Intersection: Governance, Collaboration and Engagement in Developing Countries. Conference Proceedings, 3rd International Conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World. https://tinyurl.com/yxjjg89a
  2. AbouAssi K, Trent D. (2015). NGO Accountability from an NGO Perspective: Their Perceptions, Strategies, and Practices. The Program on Governance and Local Development at Gothenburg. https://tinyurl.com/yxrpk6y2

 

COMMENTARIES AND WORKING PAPERS

  1. AbouAssi K. (2018). Lebanese Municipalities and NGOs: What Role for the Central Government and Donors? Hadith El Malia 6: 6-7.
  2. AbouAssi K. (2018). Nongovernmental Organizations-Local Governments Relations: A Snapshot from Lebanon. Decentralization Net. https://tinyurl.com/y68jma6a
  3. AbouAssi K. (2018). Advancing the Research and Practice Agenda on Local Government-Nonprofit Relationships in Developing Countries. PA Times. https://tinyurl.com/y6xdwvt2
  4. AbouAssi K, Bowman A, Johnston J. (2017). Opinion: How to strengthen NGO-local government collaboration. Devex. https://tinyurl.com/y5s5nyf4
  5. AbouAssi K, Bowman A, Johnston J, Tran L, Bauer Z. (2017). Relations between Nongovernmental Organizations and Local Governments in Developing Countries: The Case of Lebanon. American University, School of Public Affairs. https://tinyurl.com/yx93awsv
  6. AbouAssi K. (2006). Lebanese Civil Society: A Long History of Achievements, Facing Decisive Challenges Ahead of an Uncertain Future. International Management and Training Institute, Lebanon.

 

CASES AND SIMULATIONS:

  1. AbouAssi K, Nabatchi T. (2017). The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Available at: https://tinyurl.com/y2l2ldtp[**Winner of the 2017 Maxwell School’s Tenth e-PARCC Collaborative Governance Initiative Competition for BestTeaching Simulation**]
  2. AbouAssi K, Herrold C. (2014). New Funding, New Beginnings: To Collaborate or Not to Collaborate. Available athttps://tinyurl.com/y59rbuvx [**Third Place Award, Best Teaching Case Competition, Maxwell School’s Seventh e-PARCC Collaborative Governance Initiative Competition for Teaching Case and Simulation Competition**]

* Doctoral or graduate student