About the Editorial Team

chao-guo-phdChao Guo, Ph.D, is Co-Editor-in-Chief at Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ). He is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, and also the founding co-director of the Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation at Renmin University of China. Previously, he was on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Georgia, and Arizona State University.

Chao’s research focuses on the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government. More specifically, he conducts research on the contributions of nonprofit organizations to democratic governance, collaboration within and across sectors, social entrepreneurship, and the role and effects of new media on nonprofit organizations. He has many published articles in highly respected and influential journals, and has published a book titled Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value (2014). His research has been recognized by his peers and won awards from multiple disciplines.

Chao is actively involved in professional and community service activities.  He is the Senior Vice-President of the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations (ICSERA) and has served on the boards of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and Nonprofit Quarterly, among others. In addition to his editor’s work for NVSQ, Chao is also a co-editor of the Brill Nonprofit Sector Research Series and serves on the editorial boards of many other journals. He has consulted with various nonprofits on board governance and organizational change. In 2013, he was selected as a finalist for the Indiana Public Service Award by the Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He accepted an invitation to become a Penn Fellow in 2015.


angela-biesAngela Bies, Ph.D is Co-Editor-in-Chief at NVSQ. She is Endowed Associate Professor of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and affiliated with the Do Good Institute. Previously, she was Chair of the faculty, Associate Professor and Director of international programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Prior to this, she was an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, where she provided leadership on the development of their nonprofit management program.

Angela’s research focuses on comparative nonprofit and NGO regulation, accountability and governance; the emerging role of philanthropy in comparative perspective; nonprofit capacity-building; and nonprofits and disasters. She previously served as a board member and annual conference chair for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and on the editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership. Angela’s work has been recognized through the Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for outstanding dissertation in nonprofit and voluntary action and an NVSQ Best Article Award. She is currently editing a special volume on China’s philanthropic sector for Voluntas, the culmination of a three year global research initiative with twelve other scholars and support from the Henry Luce and Ford Foundations, and launching a three country study on administrative constraints imposed in the nonprofit regulatory environment.  She is a member of the Center for Global generosity.

Prior to joining academia, Angela led the Charities Review Council of Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Center. Her international development work includes a position as a U.S. Senior Program Officer for the American Field Service and field projects in Africa, Central Europe and Pakistan. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and a National Endowment for the Arts fellow.


susan-phillipsSusan Phillips, Ph.D, is Co-Editor-in-Chief at NVSQ. She is Professor and Supervisor of the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University, Canada.  In 2016, she is also the Ian Potter Foundation Scholar at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at the Queensland University of Technology. Previously, Susan has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge; the Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School, London; the University of Pennsylvania; and McGill University. She is an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good, St. Andrews University, Scotland.

Susan’s research focuses on public policy and regulation governing philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, charity financing, cross-sectoral collaboration, community foundations and place-based philanthropy. She is co-editor (with T. Jung and J. Harrow) of the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy, published in 2016, and is completing a multi-year study of the leadership roles played by community foundations.  Susan is a board member of the International Research Society for Public Management and a member of the editorial boards of Public Management Review, Policy & Society, Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, and The Philanthropist.

Throughout her career, Susan has been committed to knowledge mobilization and providing policy advice to the nonprofit sector, including serving as a board member or advisor to national Canadian nonprofit organizations. She was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by ANSER (the Canadian research association on nonprofits) and an Impact Award by Carleton University for her contributions to research, teaching and community service.


tracey-couleTracey Coule, Ph.D, is Research-to-Practice Editor at NVSQ. She is Reader in Non-profit Governance and Organization at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, Programme Leader for the School’s Professional Doctorate (DBA) and Co-leader of the university wide Centre for Voluntary Sector Research (CVSR).  She held research and policy analysis roles within the nonprofit sector, with responsibility for undertaking and commissioning research activities, policy analysis and strategy development before entering academia.

Tracey’s research focuses on organizing and managing work in nonprofit organizations and its linkages to wider societal arrangements, supplemented by a strong interest in research philosophy and methodology. Specifically, she conducts research on forms and processes of governance and accountability, public service innovation in nonprofit organizations, the role and power of nonprofits in institutional change and nonprofit-state relations. She serves on the editorial board of Voluntary Sector Review, has published in highly respected international journals and contributed chapters to books such as Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (2011; 2016) and the forthcoming Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods.

She has extensive experience of applied research on nonprofit organizations, governance, organization development, public service innovation, social policy and a passion for policy and practice relevant research. She has played major roles in research projects for central government, statutory health bodies and national and local nonprofit organizations.


pbPutnam Barber is Book Review Editor at NVSQ. He is a senior adviser at the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the University of Washington.

Putnam has published several articles on the history and operations of state regulation of charitable solicitations including ‘Charitable Solicitations Regulation and the Principles of Targeted Disclosure’ (with M. Farwell) in Nonprofit Policy Forum in 2016. He has also contributed chapters to Regulatory Waves: Comparative Perspectives on State Regulation and Self-Regulation Policies in the Nonprofit Sector with M. Farwell (edited by O.B. Breen, A. Dunn and M. Sidel and the Routledge Companion to Philanthropy (edited by T. Jung, S.D. Phillips and J. Harrow) in 2016.

He is an adviser to the American Law Institute‘s project to develop a restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations and to the Washington State Bar Association Not-for-Profit Committee’s project to redraft the Washington Nonprofit Corporations Act. He has taught graduate courses about nonprofit organizations at both Seattle University and the University of Washington and was a senior adviser to Idealist.org. He has also been a board member of many organizations and is a past chair of the board of trustees of the Municipal League of King County.