Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management
2025 Faculty/Administration Building
Alisa V. Moldavanova is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management in the Political Science Department and Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. Her research investigates organizational sustainability in the context of public service organizations, the role of inter-organizational networks and other forms of social connectedness in enabling sustainable organizations, as well as how nonprofits and other public service organizations foster sustainable development in their local communities. She is also conducting research on the role of civil society and nonprofit sector organizations in advancing democracy.
Prior to embarking on her academic career, she served in leadership positions in international development organizations, and in public and nonprofit sector organizations in Ukraine, focusing on international exchange, foreign policy, youth development, and cultural management. She is a 2009 Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship alumna (IREX, U.S. Department of State) and is fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Public and Nonprofit Management, Organizational Strategy, Ethics and Sustainability, Comparative Civil Society, Arts and Culture Nonprofits
Dr. Moldavanova's research areas include public and nonprofit management, comparative civil society, and ethics and sustainability studies. She is currently conducting a national research study investigating the contributions of nonprofit cultural organizations to community sustainability, as well as the role of organizational strategy in fostering such contributions. Her other research investigates the sustainability of cultural organizations, including in the Detroit metropolitan area, and how arts and culture organizations use inter-organizational relationships and other collaborative strategies to cope with external stress and achieve long-term sustainability.
Dr. Moldavanova’s work has been published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, The American Review of Public Administration, Public Management Review, Administration and Society, Journal of Public Affairs Education, International Journal of Public Administration, and International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice. She is also a co-editor of the 2018 volume - The Nonprofit Sector in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia: Civil Society Advances and Challenges - an inaugural book in the nonprofit research series by Brill Publishers that features contributions by fourteen nonprofit and civil society scholars from countries of the EERCA region. In 2018, she also co-curated a special issue on social institutions and sustainability in Critical Sociology, SAGE Publications.
Research affiliations: Center for Organization Research and Design, Arizona State University, 2015-Present.
- PhD (2013, Honors), Public Administration, School of Public Affairs and Administration, The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
- MPA (2009), School of Public Affairs and Administration, The University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS)
- PhD (2007), Psychology, Institute of Psychology of the National Pedagogy Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
- BS (2000, summa cum laude), Psychology, Institute of Mathematics, Economics, and Mechanics, Odesa National Mechnikov University (Odesa, Ukraine)
Awards and grants
2021 Educational Development Grant, Wayne State University.
2020 Ford Fund Community Corps Grantee.
2020 President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Wayne State University.
2019 Research Grant, Arts and Culture Nonprofits and Community Sustainability: Examining the Role of Organizational and Environmental Factors. The National Endowment for the Arts.
2016 Research Grant, Making Sense of the Environment: Investigating the Locational Patterns of Cultural Organizations in Southeast Michigan. The National Endowment for the Arts.
2019 and 2015 University Research Grants. Wayne State University.
2015-17 Academic Years, Resident Scholar, Humanities Center, Wayne State University.
2015 Paul A. Volcker Endowment for Public Service Research Grant Award, American Political Science Association, Public Administration Section. The Public Purpose of the Arts: Social Connectedness, Survival, and Sustainability of Arts Organizations.
2015 WSU Presidential Research Enhancement Program for Arts and Humanities.
2014 Wilder School Award for Exemplary Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis, the National Academy of Public Administration and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government, Virginia Commonwealth University.
2014 Wayne State Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, From Survival to Sustainability: Community-Based Pathways for Urban Arts Institutions.
Smith, David H., Alisa V. Moldavanova, and Svitlana Krasynska, eds. (2018). The Nonprofit Sector in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia: Civil Society Advances and Challenges. Leiden, Netherlands, and Boston, MA, USA: Brill Publishers.
Research Articles and Chapters:
Moldavanova, A. V., Meloche, L., & Thompson, T. L. 2021. Understanding the geography of access to cultural amenities: The case of Metropolitan Detroit. Journal of Urban Affairs, OnlineFirst doi: 10.1080/07352166.2021.1886856
Moldavanova, A. (2021). Public Outreach Innovation and Sustainability of Arts Organizations in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Chapter 2 in Leigh N. Hersey and Bryna Bobick, eds. Engagement in the City: How Arts and Culture Impact Development in Urban Areas. Washington, DC: Rowman & Littlefield.
Moldavanova, A. V. & Akbulut-Gok, I. 2020. Inter-Organizational Networking and the Great Recession: Lessons from Detroit Arts and Culture Organizations. International Journal of Public Administration, OnlineFirst doi:10.1080/01900692.2020.1768115
Moldavanova, A. V. & N. S. Wright. 2020. How Nonprofit Arts Organizations Sustain Communities: Examining the Relationship Between Organizational Strategy and Engagement in Community Sustainability. The American Review of Public Administration, 50(3), 244-259.
Moldavanova, A.V. & I. Akbulut. 2019. Interorganizational Networks in the Context of Arts and Culture. In Farazmand, A. ed. Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer: New York.
Smith, David H., Alisa V. Moldavanova, and Svitlana Krasynska. 2019. The Non-Profit Sector in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. In David, T., ed. Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations. (Chapter 31) ISBN: 9781138285507. Taylor & Francis Group: London, U.K.
Moldavanova, A. 2018. Sustainability Research in U.S. Public Administration: Pillar Tensions and Synergies. Pp. 304-332. In Frederickson, H. George and Edward Stazyk, eds. The Handbook of American Public Administration. Edward Elgar Publishing: Northampton, Massachusetts.
Moldavanova, A., Pierce, J., & Lovrich, N. 2018. Sociopolitical sources of creative cultural capital in U.S. counties. Journal of Urban Affairs, 40(4), 518-542.
Moldavanova, A., & Goerdel, H. T. 2018. Understanding the puzzle of organizational sustainability: Toward a conceptual framework of organizational social connectedness and sustainability. Public Management Review, 20(1), 55-81.
Mitra, R., & Moldavanova, A. 2018. Social institutions and sustainability: A transdisciplinary research agenda. Critical Sociology, 44(2), 275-283.
Moldavanova, A. 2016. Two narratives of intergenerational sustainability: A framework for sustainable thinking. The American Review of Public Administration, 46(5), 526-545.
Stazyk, E. C., Moldavanova, A., & Frederickson, H. G. 2016. Sustainability, intergenerational social equity, and the socially responsible organization. Administration & Society, 48(6), 655-682.
Nesbit, R., Moldavanova, A., Cavalcante, C. E., Jochum, V., Nie, L., & Şahin, S. Z. 2016. Conducive Meso-and Micro-Contexts Influencing Volunteering The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (pp. 607-631): Palgrave Macmillan UK.
van Deth, J. W., Edwards, B., Bădescu, G., Moldavanova, A., & Woolcock, M. 2016. Associations and Social Capital. The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (pp. 178-197): Palgrave Macmillan UK.
Smith, D. H., Sardinha, B., Moldavanova, A., Dong, H. K. D., Kassam, M., Lee, Y.-j., & Sillah, A. 2016. Conducive Motivations and Psychological Influences on Volunteering The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations (pp. 702-751): Palgrave Macmillan UK.
Moldavanova, A. 2015. Sustainability, Institutional Capital, and the Social Value of the Arts. In J. H. Westover (Ed.), The Organizational and Business Ethics Imperative (pp. 126-157). Campaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.
Moldavanova, A. 2014. Sustainability, Aesthetics, and Future Generations: Towards a Dimensional Model of the Arts’ Impact on Sustainability. In D. Humphreys & S. S. Stober (Eds.), Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet (pp. 172-193). Campaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.
Moldavanova, A. 2013. Sustainability, Ethics, and Aesthetics. The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.109-120.
Moldavanova, Alisa, T. Lyke Thompson, Lauren Meloche, & Katelyn Burkart. 2018. Working Paper "Making Sense of the Environment: Investigating the Locational Patterns of Cultural Organizations in Southeast Michigan. Published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Access: https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/Research-Art-Works-WayneState.pdf
Moldavanova, A. 2013. Research Monograph “Public Perception of the Sea Breeze Exercises and Ukraine’s Prospects in the Black Sea Region”. Published by the Foreign Military Studies Office, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Access: http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/Collaboration/international/Ukraine/Sea-Breeze-exercise.pdf
“Social Institutions and Sustainability” (co-curated with Rahul Mitra, 2018). Critical Sociology, SAGE Publications.
PS 7700 Foundations of Nonprofit Management (3cr) - Fall 2020, 2021
PS 7350 Managing Public Organizations and Programs (3cr) - Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
PS 7340 Public Personnel Management (3cr) - Winter 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
PS 6710 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3cr) - Fall 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
PS 2420 Ethics and Politics of Public Policy (4cr) - Winter 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
PS 2310 Introduction to Public Administration (4rc) - Winter 2014
Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught
Chair (2021), Chair Elect (2020), Treasurer (2018 - 2020), Executive Committee Member (2015 - 2018), Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.
Chair Elect (2021-2023), Treasurer (2017 - 2021), Executive Committee Member (2015-2017), Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR), American Society for Public Administration.
Leadership Council Member (2021), Nonprofit Management Education Section, Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
Member of the Advisory Board (starting in 2019), Wayne State University's Humanities Center.
Member of the Educational Programs Committee (2021), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Detroit.
Member of the Advisory Board (2014 - 2020), School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS).
Co-founder, Sustainability Scholars Forum (interdisciplinary research group at Wayne State University that promotes humanistic approach to sustainability studies.
Co-Founder, Interdisciplinary Research Group Arts Connect: Forging Links and Bridging Divides through the Transformative Power of Arts and Humanities Research. Wayne State University.
Committee Member, 2021 Leonard D. White Award, American Political Science Association.
Committee Chair, 2020 Best Book Award. Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR). American Society for Public Administration.
Committee Member, 2019 Paul A. Volcker Endowment for Public Service Research, American Political Science Association, Public Administration Section.
Committee Member, 2019 Best Book Award. Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR). American Society for Public Administration.