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Steven Rathgeb Smith

Professor of Public Policy, University of Washington


Steven Rathgeb Smith is the Nancy Bell Evans Professor at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He joined the faculty at the Evans School in 1996. Smith previously served on the faculty at Duke University and Washington University in St Louis. He is the co-author of Nonprofits for Hire: The Welfare State in the Age of Contracting and Adjusting the Balance: Federal Policy and Victim Services, and co-editor of Public Policy for Democracy. His current research focuses on hybrid organisations, partnerships, the government-nonprofit relationship in the US and abroad, and privatization. His courses include nonprofit management, public-private partnerships, and social enterprise. He is also the former editor of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the journal of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). In 2006 he began a two-year term as President of ARNOVA.