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Kelly A. Krawczyk 

Associate Professor and Ph.D. 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 forthcoming 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


Krawczyk, Kelly, Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima, and Brian Ezeonu. Forthcoming. “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. Online first. 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.


Krawczyk, Kelly. Online first. “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, 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. 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.


Krawczyk, Kelly and Raymond Muhula. 2018. “In Search of a More Equitable Society: Decentralization in Liberia. Development Policy Review. 36(3): 369-386.

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