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Kelly A. Krawczyk 

Associate Professor and MPA Program Director, Department of Political Science, Auburn University

Democracy & Development Fellow at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana)


Kelly Krawczyk is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. Her research investigates the potential role of civil society in promoting democracy and development. She examines how civil society can foster sustainable development in local communities, and the role of civil society in strengthening democracy and increasing civic engagement.

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Her research is published in journals of public administration and civil society, including Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, and the Journal of Civil Society. Her co-edited volume, The Role of Women in Social, Economic, and Political Development in Africa: Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives, is available from Palgrave Macmillan. She has also authored book chapters, as well as governmental and professional publications for the Governance Commission of Liberia and the World Bank. She is a Founding Committee Member of the Strengthening Research on Civil Society in West Africa project, an initiative of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), funded by the Ford Foundation.


West African Civil Society, International NGOs, The Relationship Between Civil Society and Democratic Governance, Civic Engagement, International Development

Recent Publications


Weber, Peter, Kelly Krawczyk, Brian Ezeonu and Felicia Tuggle. 2023. “How to Leverage Action Research to Develop Context-Specific Capacity Building for Civil Society.” Nonprofit Policy Forum.   


Krawczyk, Kelly, Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, and Brian Ezeonu. 2022. “An Exploratory Analysis of Cross- National Variations in Pro-Social Behaviors.” Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.


Obadare, Ebenezer and Kelly Krawczyk. 2022. Co-editors, Symposium Issue on Civil Society and Philanthropy in West Africa. Symposium introduction: “Civil Society and Philanthropy in Africa: Parallels, Paradoxes and       Promise.” Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 51(1): 76-102.   


Krawczyk, Kelly, Olivia Cook, and Jiaxin Liu. 2022. “US INGOs Working in International Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Organizational Factors That Impact Their Ability to Attract Private Donations.” Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing. 34(2): 247-269.


Krawczyk, Kelly. 2021. “Strengthening Democracy and Increasing Political Participation in Liberia: Does Civil Society Density Matter?” Journal of Civil Society.17:2, 136-154. DOI: 10.1080/17448689.2021.1923905


Krawczyk, Kelly. 2018. “The Relationship Between Liberian CSOs and International Donor Funding: Boon or Bane?” Special Issue of Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations on “Aid Reduction and Local Civil Society: Causes, Comparisons, and Implications.” 29 (2): 296-309.

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