Professional Background

Lindsey M. McDougle, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Ph.D. program in Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey.


Dr. McDougle is a two-term board member for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (2016–2019 and 2019–2022). She served as co-chair for the association's annual conference in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Dr. McDougle also served as co-chair for the annual conference of the American Society for Public Administration (2020; canceled due to COVID). She is former editor-in-chief of Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs; and, she currently serves as an associate editor for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the official journal of ARNOVA and the leading scholarly journal in the field of nonprofit, philanthropic, and civil society studies.


Dr. McDougle earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies specializing in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership from the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at University of San Diego. She earned a Masters of Environmental Management from Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. While completing her degree, she worked as an environmental trainee in the Real Estate and Site Operations division of I.B.M. in Research Triangle Park, NC. As part of the inaugural cohort of scholars in the Gates Millenium Scholars Program, Dr. McDougle earned her Bachelors of Science in Human Dimensions in Natural Resources from the School of Environment and Natural Resources (formerly School of Natural Resouces) at The Ohio State University.


Prior to Rutgers University, Dr. McDougle was a Provost’s postdoctoral fellow in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania and an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public and Global Affairs at Northern Illinois University.

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