Alisa V. Moldavanova
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Alisa V. Moldavanova
Alisa Moldavanova is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Political Science Department at Wayne State University, where she teaches courses on the management of public and nonprofit organizations, public personnel management, and ethics in public policy and administration.
Research Interest/Area of Expertise
Public Administration, Organization Theory, Public and Nonprofit Management, Sustainability Studies, Arts and Culture Organizations
Dr. Moldavanova's research areas include public and nonprofit management, organization theory, and ethics and sustainability studies. She is currently conducting research on the sustainability of cultural organizations in the Detroit Metropolitan Area and the State of Michigan, which includes research on the contributions of nonprofit cultural organizations to community sustainability, and how arts and culture organizations use collaborative strategies and inter-organizational relationships to cope with external stress and achieve longer-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, and The 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 14 nonprofit and civil society scholars from countries of the EERCA region.
Research affiliations: Center for Organization Research and Design, Arizona State University, 2015-Present.
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- PhD (2013), 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, The Institute of Psychology of the National Pedagogy Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine)
Awards and Grants
Dr. Moldavanova is a 2014 WSU Humanities Center Faculty Fellow and a 2014 co-recipient of the Wilder School Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy Analysis (co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs). She is a 2015 recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Paul A. Volcker Endowment for Public Service Research Award. Her work has also been funded by the 2015 WSU Presidential Research Enhancement Program for Arts and Humanities, 2015 WSU University Research Grant, and 2016 Research ArtWorks Program by the National Endowment for the Arts.
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. (2017). Social institutions and sustainability: A transdisciplinary research agenda. Critical Sociology, doi:0896920517742036.
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.
PS 7350 Managing Public Organizations and Programs (3cr) - Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
PS 7340 Public Personnel Management (3cr) - Winter 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
PS 6710 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3cr) - Fall 2015, 2017, 2018
PS 2420 Ethics and Politics of Public Policy (4cr) - Winter 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
PS 2310 Introduction to Public Administration (4rc) - Winter 2014
Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught
Since spring of 2015, Dr. Moldavanova has been serving on the Executive Committee of the Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) of the American Society for Public Administration. In spring 2017 she was elected to serve as the SPAR's Treasurer.
Since fall of 2015, she has been serving on the Executive Committee of the Theories, Issues, Boundaries Section of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. In winter 2018 she was elected to serve as the TIBS's Treasurer.
Co-founder of the interdisciplinary research group Sustainability Scholars Forum at Wayne State University, which promotes a humanistic approach to sustainability studies.
Member of the Advisory Board for the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS).