Department of Political Science

Kelly Ann Krawczyk

Kelly Ann Krawczyk Associate Professor & PhD Program Director
8030-E Haley Center
(334) 844-6460
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Dr. Krawczyk teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on a wide range of nonprofit topics, including Nonprofit Law & Governance, Nonprofit Management, and International Nongovernmental Organizations. She also teaches graduate courses in public administration in the MPA and Ph.D. programs. She currently serves as the Ph.D. Program Director.

Dr. Krawczyk’s research focuses on the relationship between civil society and democratic governance. She is specifically interested in how civil society impacts political behavior. Kelly also conducts research in the areas of civic engagement, and facets of local democratic governance including corruption, accountability, service delivery, and decentralization. Her research has been published in journals of public administration, civil society, and local governance, including Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Local Government Studies, and the International Journal of Public Administration. She has also authored book chapters, as well as governmental and professional publications for the Governance Commission of Liberia and the World Bank.

Dr. Krawczyk earned her Ph.D. in political science as well as a Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Before beginning an academic career, Kelly worked with a wide range of nonprofit organizations, both domestic and international, and has applied experience in nonprofit management and leadership, governance, capacity building, fundraising and development, volunteer and event management, and proposal writing. She is actively involved in the design and delivery of outreach initiatives related to civil society and democratic governance in West Africa. These initiatives typically take the form of curricular design and implementation of training and professional development workshops, impact evaluations and assessments, policy analysis and recommendations, as well as service during elections as an international observer. She has served as an international election observer for the most recent national elections in both Liberia and Ghana. She has also worked with The World Bank Group in Liberia on projects related to decentralization and civil society. She helps INGOs such as More Than Me and The Accountability Lab conduct targeted training programs, and design and execute impact evaluations. She is also a Founding Committee Member of the Strengthening Research on Civil Society in West Africa project, an initiative of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), funded by the Ford Foundation.

Representative Publications

Krawczyk, Kelly and R. Muhula. 2017. “In Search of a More Equitable Society: Decentralization in Liberia.” Development Policy Review. 36(3). Online first: DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12256.

Krawczyk, Kelly. 2017. “The Relationship Between Liberian CSOs and International Donor Funding: Boon or Bane?” Special Issue of Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations on “Aid Reduction and Local Civil Society: Causes, Comparisons, and Implications.” 

Online first: DOI 10.1007/s11266-017-9922-5.

Krawczyk, Kelly, Michelle Wooddell and Ashley Dias. 2017. “Charitable Giving In Arts & Culture Nonprofits: The Impact of Organizational Characteristics.” Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 46(4): 817-836.

Last Updated: April 09, 2019