Mary Kay Gugerty

Nancy Bell Evans Professor in Nonprofit Management

Mary Kay Gugerty is the Nancy Bell Evans Professor of Nonprofit Management at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and the Faculty Director of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy. Her research focuses on three areas: evaluation and impact measurement in the social sector; advocacy, accountability and voluntary regulation programs among nonprofit and NGOs; and agricultural and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa. She is an adjunct faculty in Political Science at the University of Washington and is a faculty affiliate at the Center for the Study of Demography and Ecology (CSDE) at the University of Washington, as well as at the Center for the Evaluation of Global Action (CEGA) at University of California, Berkeley, and at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).

Gugerty’s new book, The Goldilocks Challenge: Right-Sized Evaluation and Monitoring for Social Sector Organizations is co-authored with Dean Karlan and will be available from Oxford University Press in 2017.

Gugerty is also the lead editor of Voluntary Regulation of Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations: An Accountability Club Framework, published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 and co-edited with Aseem Prakash and co-editor of Advocacy Organizations and Collective Action, also with Aseem Prakash and published by Cambridge University Press. Gugerty’s research on nonprofits and NGOs has been published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Regulation and Governance, Public Administration and Development, and Policy Sciences. 

Gugerty’s research also explores issues in rural development and community development institutions in Africa. Current work examines agricultural household decision-making, women’s participation in agricultural supply chains, and the determinants of smallholder agricultural productivity. Earlier work examines the impact of NGO funding on indigenous self-help groups, the impact of ethnic diversity on collective action, and the role of rotating savings and credit associations (roscas) in promoting rural savings. This research has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Economic Development and Cultural Change, and the Journal of Public Economics, among others.

Gugerty teaches courses on nonprofit and public management, program evaluation & performance measurement, international development management, NGOs in Development, and African development. She is the recipient of the 2005 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Service.

Gugerty holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University and a MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She also holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Georgetown University.

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