Kelly Ann Krawczyk (PhD)

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. Her research focuses on African elections and civic engagement, as well as on West African civil society

Kelly earned her Ph.D. in Political Science, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration, from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Her work is situated in developing democracies in Anglophone West Africa, and explores the role and influence of civil society on democratic governance, including their impact on citizen participation and civic engagement. She also has extensive experience with West African elections, serving as in international observer in Ghana (2012), Liberia (2011 and 2017), and Nigeria (2019). She was a Visiting Scholar at the Liberian Governance Commission, where she collaborated on their 2016 Annual Governance Report: An Assessment of Liberia’s Electoral System, contributing to research design and survey questions for assessment and evaluation of the Liberia National Election Commission (NEC). Her research is published in journals such as Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. Dr. Krawczyk has also authored book chapters, as well as governmental and professional publications. She is a Founding Committee Member of the Strengthening Research on Civil Society in West Africa project, an initiative of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), funded by the Ford Foundation.

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