Patsy Kraeger

Patsy Kraeger

Assistant Professor | Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies, Georgia Southern University

Professor Kraeger received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University, the School of Public Affairs, with a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the School of Community Resources and Development. Her primary research interests are focused on the social economy, social enterprise and innovation, performance management and governance in the public and nonprofit sectors, and the study of philanthropy vis-à-vis democracy. She also researches in the area of quality of life studies. Her research has been presented at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the International Society for Third Sector Research, the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS), and the Western Social Science Association conferences. She serves on the ISQOLS Board of Directors Member and also serves on the ISQOLS Executive Committee as the Co-Vice President of Publicity/Membership. She is the co-chair for the Public Administration Section of the Western Social Science Association. She has research and other academic writings appearing in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Administration Review, the International Journal of Public Administration, NVSQ, and Voluntas.

Professor Kraeger also holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Studies from Arizona State University, the School of Community Resource and Development. She has studied social enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurship at the European Summer School on Social Economy, the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna (Forlì Campus)(Italy) and through the EMES Research Network, University of Trento (Italy). She holds a J.D. from Mercer University; and, an A.B. from Sweet Briar College with a double major in history and international relations. In the fall of 2015, she joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University as an assistant professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies (formerly Institute for Public and Nonprofit Studies) where she teaches graduate courses in public and nonprofit management, program evaluation, and nonprofit board governance and leadership.

She also serves on the board of directors for three nonprofit organizations.

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Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Increasingly across the world in times of increasing economic, political and social inequality, many individuals no longer feel that they directly have a voice in democracy given the lack of practical access to policy makers and/or exist in a state of community/political apathy. Innovative practices in participatory democracy initiatives allow individuals singularly or banded together in grassroots efforts or as actors in small organizations to understand that not only do individuals have a voice but it is only by coming together though participation that their voices can and will make a difference.

What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

New ideas in practice and research in the field of PD.