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Chao Guo, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management

  • Editor-in-Chief, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 215.898.5532
  • fax: 215.573.2099

Research Interests

Collaboration within and across sectors

Technology and nonprofits

Nonprofit governance

Representation and advocacy

Social entrepreneurship

Chao Guo is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management in the School of Social Policy and Practice, and Associate Faculty Director of Fox Leadership International, both at the University of Pennsylvania.  at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and his BA in International Relations from Renmin University of China.

Chao’s research interests focus 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). He has published a book titled Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value (Wiley, 2014; co-authored with Wolfgang Bielefeld). He is currently finishing up his second book titled The Quest for Attention: Nonprofit Advocacy in a Social Media Age (2020, Stanford University Press; co-authored with Gregory D. Saxton). His research has been recognized by his peers and won awards from multiple disciplines.

Chao is actively involved in professional and community service activities.  At Penn, he serves as Faculty Director of Penn Restorative Entrepreneurship Program (PREP), an innovative program geared towards helping formerly incarcerated individuals become socially responsible entrepreneurs. Globally, he is founding co-director of the Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation at Renmin University of China. He is Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the premier journal in the field. He is also a co-editor of the Brill Nonprofit Sector Research Series and serves on the editorial boards of many other journals. In addition, Chao serves as Senior Vice-President of the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations. He has served on the boards of directors of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and the Nonprofit Quarterly, among others. In early 2015, Guo accepted an invitation to become a Penn Fellow. In 2019, he was selected to receive the Distinguished Achievement and Service Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Guo, C., and Saxton, G.D. (2020). The Quest for Attention: Nonprofit Advocacy in a Social Media Age. In Press. Stanford University Press.

Guo, C., and Bielefeld,W. (2014). Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value. Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

Guo, C., and Lai, W. (2019). “Community Foundations in China: In Search of Identity?” VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 30(4).

McNutt, J., Guo, C., Goldkind, L., & An, S. (2018). “Technology in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.” Voluntaristics Review, 3(1), 1-63.

Greeson, J., Xue, J., An, S., Thompson, A., & Guo, C. (2018). “Tweeting Social Work: How Social Work Faculty Use Social Media.” The British Journal of Social Work, 48(7), 2038–2057.

Guo, C., and Saxton, G.D. (2018). “Speaking and Being Heard: How Advocacy Organizations Gain Attention on Social Media.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 47(1) 5–26.

An, S., Wu, V., & Guo, C. (2017). How Stakeholder Mobilization Saved Sweet Briar College. Journal of Nonprofit Education & Leadership, Special Issue 2, 4–10.

Hu, M., Guo, C., and Bies, A. (2016) “Termination of Nonprofit Alliances: Evidence from China.” VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(5), 2490-2513.

Hu, M., and Guo, C. (2016) “Fundraising Policy Reform and its Impact on Nonprofits in China: A View from the Trenches.” Nonprofit Policy Forum, 7(2), 213–236.

Zhang, Z., and Guo, C. (2015) “University-Based Nonprofit Education in China: An Overview and Assessment.” Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 5(4), 289-304.

Peck, L., and Guo, C. (2015) “How Does Public Assistance Use Affect Charitable Activity? A Tale of Two Methods.”  Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 44(4), 665-685.

Saxton, G. D., Niyirora, J., Waters, R. D., and Guo, C. (2015) “#AdvocatingForChange:  The Strategic Use of Hashtags in Social Media Advocacy.” Advances in Social Work, 16(1), 154-169.

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