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Director, MPA Program


Jennifer A. Taylor is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, primarily teaching in the nonprofit concentration and organizational behavior in the NASPAA accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program.  Her teaching and research interests include philanthropy, volunteerism, civil society, and veterans and military family public policy. Previously, she worked as a chief development officer and management consultant in the nonprofit sector for 15 years, raising over $10 million in operating funds in the arts, social services, and education.

Dr. Taylor’s primary research interests include Civil Society and the Public Sphere, Philanthropy, Accountability, Governance, Public Service Ethics and Values, and Military Families Public Policy. At James Madison University, Dr. Taylor serves on the MPA Program Committee, the Veterans Scholar Taskforce, and as the Faculty Advisor to the Student Veterans Chapter on campus. Her courses include the Senior Seminar in Public Management, MPA Capstone, Nonprofit Management & Leadership,  Philanthropy and Volunteerism, and International Non-Governmental Organization Management.

She is an active member of the following professional and academic organizations:

  • Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary action (ARNOVA)
  • Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net)
  • NASPAA – The Global Standard in Public Service Education
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)


Curriculum Vitae

OFFICE: 2175 Miller Hall
PHONE: (540) 568-5583
FAX: (540) 568-8021

Department of Political Science
James Madison University
91 E Grace St., MSC 7705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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