Stefan Toepler

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Phone: 703-993-8187
Mason Square, Van Metre Hall, Room 671
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1


Stefan Toepler is a professor of nonprofit studies in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

He regularly teaches Introduction to Nonprofit Management, Nonprofit Law, and NGO Management and Policy. Prior to joining Mason in 2002, Toepler 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.

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 more than 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 coediting 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 10 countries. He is also serving as coeditor-in-chief of the second edition of Springer’s International Encyclopedia of Civil Society.

He earned his PhD in business administration and economics from the Free University of Berlin in 1995.

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Areas of Research

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