Nuno S. Themudo earned a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics, and his dissertation received the European Union’s Praxis XXI Dissertation Award in 2004. He is currently an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. His research, which focuses on the intersection between philanthropy, nonprofit sector and international development, has been published in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, World Development, Governance, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Global Civil Society Yearbook, and the Jossey-Bass Handbook on Nonprofit Leadership and Management. His article on Gender and the Nonprofit Sector received the 2010 Outstanding Article in NVSQ Award. His book Nonprofits in Crisis: Economic Development, Risk and the Philanthropic Kuznets Curve is forthcoming at Indiana University Press. He has also written reports for Amnesty International, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, The World Bank, and the Forbes Funds. Nuno has served on the Editorial Boards of Millennium Journal of International Relations and the Global Civil Society Yearbook and he currently advises the boards of several nonprofits in Latin America. Nuno has recently been elected Secretary of the Board of ARNOVA (Association of Researchers in Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action.


Selected Projects of Note

  • European Foundations Center, Brussels, Philanthropic Foundations in Portugal: Roles and Visions, Report for the comparative research project Roles and Visions of Foundations in Europe, coordinated by H. Anheier and S. Daly, 2003.
  • Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, London, Organisational Structure Options for International NGOs, 2001.
  • Amnesty International, Organizational Design for International NGOs, Report commissioned by Amnesty’s board as part of the organization’s Millennium strategic reorientation, 2000.
  • Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Rural electrification project in Agua Bendita, Community needs assessment, Energy audit, and project management.


Recent Publications

  • Nonprofits in Crisis: Economic Development, Risk and the Philanthropic Kuznets Curve, Indiana University Press, in press.
  • “Gender and the Nonprofit Sector,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 663-683, 2009.
  • “Linking the Web and the Street: Internet-based ‘Dotcauses’ and the Anti-globalization Movement”, with J. D. Clark, World Development, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 50-74, 2007.
  • “Governance and Management of International Organizations,” with H. Anheier, Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol. XI, Issue 2, pp. 185-198, 2005.
  • “Reassessing the Impact of Civil Society: Nonprofit Sector, Press Freedom and Corruption.” Under review at Governance. [Revised and resubmitted.]
  • “Explaining Public Integrity: ‘Big Government,’ Nonprofit Sector Size, and Perceived Corruption Cross-Nationally.” Under review at Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
  • Greening Policy: Government-NGO Cooperation and Conflict in Middle-Income Countries. Book manuscript based on dissertation.


Substantive Areas

  • Civil society and Capacity building
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Capacity Building and Public Sector Reform
  • Decentralization, Subnational Governance, and Civil Society


  • Latin America

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