School alumna, Alisa Moldavanova (MPA 2009, PhD 2013), was recently one of two people honored with the Paul Volcker Junior Scholar Research Grant by the Public Administration Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Dr. Moldavanova is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI).
The $3,000 award recognizes junior scholars who are researching public administration issues which affect governance in the United States and abroad, shed new light on important public administration questions, are scholarly, have methodological rigor, and show promise for advancing practice and theory development.
Dr. Moldavanova’s project, entitled “The Public Purpose of the Arts: Social Connectedness, Survival, and Sustainability of Arts Organizations,” is an inquiry into the theme of survival and sustainability of organizations located in revitalizing urban environments. Focusing on public and nonprofit cultural organizations located in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, this research investigates the relationship between the social connectedness of organizations and their institutional sustainability.
The project employs a quasi-experimental research design to test propositions regarding community-based sustainability strategies in culture and arts organizations. The project contributes to the public administration and organization theory literature by researching an understudied dimension of sustainability, and by further advancing and testing the concept of organizational social capital in the context of public and nonprofit cultural organizations.
The 2015 Award Committee members were Frances Berry, (Chair), Florida State University; Stephane Lavertu, Ohio State University; and Jill Nicholson-Crotty, Indiana University.
In picture (from left to right): Alisa Moldavanova (award recipient), Lael Keiser (APSA PA Section Chair), and Eunju Rho (award recipient)