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Amanda Stewart

Assoc Professor

School of Public and International Affairs

Caldwell Hall 207

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Amanda J. Stewart is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University.   Mandi teaches in the Masters of Public Administration program, and her courses include Management of Nonprofit Organizations (PA536), Fund Development (PA539), and Grant Writing (PA540). Her research centers on nonprofit management and foundation behaviors. Mandi has over ten years experience working in nonprofit organizations ranging from small, local efforts to large, international organizations. Mandi has her Master’s degree in social work (macro focus) from Boston College and her Bachelor’s in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College. She received her PhD from the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University’s School of Public Affairs.


  • Nonprofit Education Survey Project with Kerry Kuenzi and Marlene Walk
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the nonprofit sector with Kerry Kuenzi and Lindsey Evans


  • SPIA Executive Committee
  • DPA Phd Research Colloquium, convener
  • PhD Admissions Committee

Office Hours

  • Tuesdays: 3-4 p.m.


Research Publications

Stewart, A.J., Walk, M., and Kuenzi, K. (Forthcoming). Competencies and reputation: What drives nonprofit graduate alumni satisfaction.  Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Stewart, A.J., Adams, T., McMillian, D, and Burns, J. (2020). No room for failure:  Investigating board leadership in nonprofit executive transitions. Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Stewart, A.J. and Twumasi, A. (2020). Minding the gap:  An exploratory study applying theory to nonprofit board management of executive transitions.  Voluntas.*

Minkowitz, H., Twumasi, A., Cheng, X., Berrett, J., Stewart, A. J.  (2020). Checking in on the state of nonprofit research: A systematic literature review and agenda for future research.  Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs.*

Walk, M., Stewart, A.J., and Kuenzi, K. (2020). Should I stay or should I go?  Investigating sector commitment among nonprofit education alumni.  Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Kuenzi, K., Stewart, A.J., and Walk, M. (2018, equal authorship).  Nonprofit graduate education: Who gets the degree and why?   Journal of Public Affairs Education. 

Stewart, A.J., and Kuenzi, K. (2018).  The nonprofit career ladder:  Exploring career paths as leadership development for future nonprofit executives.  Public Personnel Management. 

Stewart, A.J. (2018).  Inside the black box:  Investigating philanthropic foundation strategies in a dynamic environment. Foundation Review.

Kuenzi, K., and Stewart, A. J. (2017).  An exploratory study of the nonprofit executive factor: Linking nonprofit financial performance and executive careers.  Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Tebbe, D., Stewart, A.J., Hughes, M.B., and Adams, T. (2017).  Executive turnover: Closing the gap between ideals and practice.  Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 

Stewart, A.J., and Diebold, J. (2017).  Turnover at the top:  Investigating performance-turnover sensitivity among nonprofit organizations.  Public Performance and Management Review. 

Stewart, A.J.  (2017). Exploring board perspectives on nonprofit executive turnover. Voluntary Sector Review. 

  • Selected as part of Editor’s Choice Collection

Faulk, L. and Stewart, A.J. (2016, equal authorship).  As you sow, so shall you reap?  Evaluating if targeted capacity building improves nonprofit financial health.  Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

  • Top twenty most downloaded articles of this journal for 2018

Stewart, A. J.  (2016). Exploring nonprofit executive turnover.  Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

  • Top ten most accessed articles of this journal for 2016 volume year

Faulk, L., Willems, J., McGinnis, J., and Stewart, A. J.  (2015). Network connections and competitively awarded funding: The impacts of board network structures and status interlocks on nonprofit organizations’ foundation grant acquisition. Public Management Review.

Andersson, F., Faulk, L., and Stewart, A. J. (2015). Toward more targeted capacity building: Diagnosing organizational capacity needs across organizational life stages.  Voluntas.

Stewart, A. J., and Faulk, L. (2014). Administrative growth and grant payouts in nonprofit foundations: Fulfilling the public good amidst professionalization? Public Administration Review.

Janis, A., Stiefel, K., and Carbullido, C.  (2010). Evolution of a monitoring and evaluation system in disaster recovery: Learning from the Katrina Aid Today National Case Management Consortium. New Directions for Evaluation126, 65–77.


  • Academy of Management, 2014
  • American Society of Public Administration, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
  • Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, 2012-2020
  • International Society of Third Sector Research, 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Public Management Research Conference, 2014
  • Southeastern Conference of Public Administration, 2015, 2016, 2018


B.S. Business Administration Birmingham-Southern College 2001

MSW Social Work Boston College 2005

Ph.D. Public Administration American University 2015

Area(s) of Expertise

Nonprofit management and leadership, Nonprofit capacity and performance