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Janelle Bassett Kerlin

Associate Professor    ,

Ph.D., Syracuse University


Janelle Kerlin is an Associate Professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She holds an M.S. in social work from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a research associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Kerlin conducts research on politics and policy related to nonprofit development and operation often from an international perspective. Her present areas of interest include social enterprise and international nonprofit organizations. Current research involves a comparative study of social enterprise development across countries and research on trends in nonprofit commercial activity in the United States. Her research on international organizations focuses on the role of U.S. nonprofits in diaspora philanthropy during and after homeland crises. Her articles have been accepted for publication in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and the American Review of Public Administration. She has also authored several book chapters on social enterprise and international nonprofits. She is the author of the book Social Service Reform in the Postcommunist State: Decentralization in Poland, and editor of the book Social Enterprise: A Global Comparison. Among other awards, Dr. Kerlin was the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship and a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.