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Stefan Toepler

Professor; Director, Master's in Public Administration
Stefan Toepler



3351 Fairfax Drive, Founders Hall 671, MSN 3B1
Arlington VA 22201



Stefan Toepler (Dr. rer. pol., Free University of Berlin, Germany, 1995) is Professor of Nonprofit Studies and the Schar School’s MPA Director. He regularly teaches the Introduction to Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Law, and NGO Management and Policy. Prior to joining George Mason in 2002, he was deeply involved with cross-national research on nonprofits and global civil society at Johns Hopkins University, and more recently he was affiliated with the the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, conducting research on nonprofit-government relations in the Russian Federation and its regions.

Dr. Toepler’s research interests range from the study of philanthropic foundations and nonprofit management and policy more generally to the roles of NGOs in international development as well arts policy and cultural economics. With over 100 publications, his most recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Nonprofit Policy Forum, Economics, American Behavioral Scientist, International Journal of Public Administration, International Journal of Cultural Policy, and Development in Practice.

Currently, he is co-editing the Routledge Companion to Nonprofit Management, a comprehensive standard work on all aspects of nonprofit management with an international focus, comprising 34 newly commissioned chapters involving 50 leading scholars from ten countries. He is also serving as co-editor-in-chief of the second edition of Springer’s International Encyclopedia of Civil Society.

Areas of Research

  • Europe
  • International Development
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Philanthropy
  • Public Administration
  • Nonprofit/Government Relations in Russia
  • Global Civil Society
  • Cultural Policy