Ph.D., Indiana University
Parrington
209 F
fyall@uw.edu

Rachel Fyall joined the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance as an assistant professor beginning Autumn 2014. Her research investigates the influence of nonprofit organizations on the formation of public policy and in the delivery of public services. She examines how discretion shapes the public services provided by nonprofit contractors as well as advocacy and lobbying by nonprofit organizations. Her primary research context is publicly subsidized low-income housing, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and various homelessness interventions. Rachel's research has been published in Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is a faculty affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, both at UW.

Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University, an M.P.A. from George Washington University (nonprofit management concentration), and a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University. Before pursuing her doctorate, Fyall worked in housing policy at the Housing Development Consortium in Seattle. She previously worked at the Technology Access Foundation (Seattle) and has professional and volunteer experience in a variety of other nonprofit organizations.

Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor
Current Position: 
Assistant Professor
Specializations: 
Advocacy
Affordable Housing Policy
Nonprofit Organizations
Public Service Delivery
Dissertation title: 
The Influence of Nonprofit Organizations on the Formation and Delivery of Public Services
Recent Publications: 

Fyall, R. and A. Casey. Forthcoming. "Urbanizing for Equity: Harnessing Upzones as a Redistributive Policy Tool." Cityscape.

Fyall, R. and S. W. Allard. Forthcoming. “Nonprofits and Political Activity: A Joint Consideration of the Political Activities, Programs, and Organizational Characteristics of Social Service Nonprofits.” Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. Published online. DOI: 10.1080/23303131.2016.1267054.

Fyall, R. 2017. “Nonprofits as Advocates and Providers: A Conceptual Framework.” Policy Studies Journal 45(1): 121-143.

Fyall, R. 2016. “The Power of Nonprofits: Mechanisms for Nonprofit Policy Influence.” Public Administration Review 76(6): 938-948.

Fyall, R. and M. McGuire. 2015. “Advocating for Policy Change in Nonprofit Coalitions.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 44(6): 1274-1291.

Fyall, R. and B. Gazley. 2015. “Applying Social Role Theory to Gender and Volunteering in a Professional Context.” Voluntas 26(1): 288-314.

Courses taught: 
  • PUBPOL 513: Public Policy Analysis
  • PUBPOL 550: Managing Nonprofit Organizations
  • PUBPOL 564: Housing and Social Policy
  • PUBPOL 608: Capstone Project Seminar