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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

New media 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 at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Georgia, and Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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). 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 (ICSERA). 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.

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