Kelly Rawlings, Ph.D. – USC Faculty Instructor

Kelly Campbell Rawlings, Ph.D. is an associate professor (teaching) with the Sol Price School of Public Policy. She has taught courses on organizational behavior, nonprofit leadership and management, public administration, democracy and civic engagement, and leadership and change. Her research focuses on identifying innovative approaches to public participation and civic engagement and exploring the idea of civic capacity and the ways in which the skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for participation in public life can be developed. Her work has been published in Administration & Society, Administrative Theory and Praxis, the Journal of Public Affairs Education, and in the book Government is Us, 2.0.

Prior to academia Dr. Rawlings worked in the nonprofit sector as a prevention education specialist for the Center Against Sexual Abuse and as a policy advocate for the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She also worked as an academic associate for Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, where she conducted research on the nonprofit sector and developed and coordinated projects designed to build the organizational capacity of the nonprofit sector. Dr. Rawlings has completed the International Association for Public Participation’s certificate training and provides a variety of workshops on planning and facilitation for nonprofit and governmental organizations.

Academics and Innovation