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ISTR 2014 ELECTIONS - Stefan Toepler

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Stefan Toepler



Stefan Toepler  is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Studies in the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs at George Mason University in Virginia, USA. He is currently also affiliated with the International Laboratory for Nonprofit Sector Research at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, which studies nonprofit-government relations in Russia’s regions. Prior to joining George Mason in 2002, he was on the faculty of the Institute of Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he coordinated the legal, Central European and Middle Eastern components of the Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project. He was closely involved in nonprofit management curriculum development at both Johns Hopkins and George Mason, where he led the nonprofit management concentration within the Masters of Public Administration Program for many years. His teaching in this area spans a wide set of topics ranging from general nonprofit management to law and governance and international NGOs.


Prof. Toepler was a doctoral fellow of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin from 1992 to 1995, an International Philanthropy Fellow at Johns Hopkins in 1993/94; and a Fellow in Museum Practice at the Smithsonian Institution in 2004.  In terms of community service, he has served on various boards and commissions and, for many years, as board member of an arts funding intermediary, a small think tank, and currently a nonprofit youth soccer club that is undergoing a transformation from a volunteer-run, grassroots organization to an increasingly professionalized service provider with a professional staff and a budget of more than $1.6 million.


Prof. Toepler’s research interests range from the study of philanthropic foundations and nonprofit management and policy more generally to arts policy and cultural economics.  With over 70 publications in both English and German, his work has appeared in such journals as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Administration & Society, the International Journal of Public Sector Management, the International Journal of Public Administration, the Journal of Cultural Economics, and Voluntas-International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. He is the contributing co-editor of Private Funds, Public Purpose: Philanthropic Foundations in International Perspective (New York: Kluwer/Plenum, 1999); Global Civil Society: Dimensions of the Nonprofit Sector (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies, 1999)—winner of Independent Sector’s 2001 Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize; The Legitimacy of Philanthropic Foundations: US and European Perspectives (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). Most recently, he served as editor in chief (with Helmut Anheier) of the International Encyclopedia of Civil Society (Heidelberg, New York: Springer, 2010).




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