Nancy Theresa Kinney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus
Political Science and Public Policy Administration
University of Missouri - St. Louis
8001 Natural Bridge Rd.  w  St. Louis, MO  63121-4499

Professional Summary

Dr. Nancy Kinney specializes in policy research on issues related to the involvement of nonprofit organizations in the formulation and implementation of public policy.  She has a particular research interest in policy innovations that incorporate faith-based organizations.  In addition, she has examined the role of nonprofit organizations in international humanitarian activity, civic engagement and legislative advocacy.  She has an extensive employment history in nonprofits as well as involvement in board governance.  Her teaching experience has emphasized curriculum planning and instructional design. 


University of Colorado at Denver, Denver CO

Graduate School of Public Affairs

Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs (August 2001)

Concentrations:  Public Policy, Nonprofit Administration

Thesis:  When Religion Speaks for the Poor:  Religious Groups and the Formulation of Public Welfare Policy


University of Denver, Denver CO

Master of Arts in Mass Communication (May 1991)

Concentration: Public Information


Regis College, Denver CO

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (August 1984)

Concentration:  Religion and culture


Peer-Reviewed Articles

Changes in religious ecology and socioeconomic correlates for neighborhoods in a metropolitan region.  Journal of Urban Affairs, 38:3 (2016), 409-428.  Todd L. Combs, co-author.

Structure, context, and ideological dissonance in transnational religious networks.  Voluntas, 26:1 (2015), 382-407. 

The role of a transnational religious network in development in a weak state: the international links of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. Development in Practice, 22:5-6 (2012), 749-762.

Persistence in the face of change:  Patterns of community service in urban African American churches.  Community Development Society Journal, 39:3 (2009), 46-58.

The meek amidst the mighty: Factors in the rare occurrence of clergy in municipal elective office.  Politics & Policy, 36:1 (2008), 60-79. 

Urban congregations as incubators of service organizations.  Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 18:1 (Winter 2007), 193-214. Mary L. Carver, co-author.

Places of worship and neighborhood stability.  Journal of Urban Affairs, 28:4 (2006), 335-352. William Winter, co-author.

Engaging in “loose talk”:  Analyzing salience in discourse from the formulation of welfare policy.  Policy Sciences, 38:5 (2006), 251-268.

The implications for inmate rights of the voluntary provision of religious services.  Criminal Justice Policy Review, 17:2 (June 2006), 188-201.

Toppling Jefferson’s wall or tiptoeing around it? Evaluating the implementation of faith-friendly welfare policy. Administration & Society, 38:1 (March 2006), 3-30. 

The impact of restrictive immigration policies on political empowerment:  ethnic organization persistence in early 20th Century St. Louis. Citizenship Studies, 9:1 (February 2005), 59-72. 

Essential websites about the nonprofit sector.  Journal of Public Affairs Education, 9:3(July 2003), 221-224. 

Improving the quality of public administration research on nonprofits:  Dismantling the three-sector model.  International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 3:3-4 (2000), 319-344. Kathryn Cheever and Pete Wolfe, co-authors.

Online journals

 “Partners without borders: Frontiers in collaboration between U.S. and Sudanese nongovernmental organizations.”  ISTR Conference Working Papers Volume VI (2008).


 “The political dimensions of donor nation support for humanitarian INGOs.”  ISTR Conference Working Papers, Volume V (2006).

Book Reviews

Players in the Public Policy Process.  Voluntas, 20:1 (March 2009), 91-93. 

Papers and Presentations

·       “The role of U.S. denominations in mobilizing International Voluntary Service (IVS).”  Presented July 11, 2012 to the 10th International Conference of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), Siena, Italy.

·       “What do we expect of each other?  Psychological contracts in nonprofit employment relations.”  Presented November 17, 2011 to the 40th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

·       "Research on job expectations and practice in improving job search behaviors: Can nonprofit education programs aid employment chances of graduates?" Presented March 25, 2011 at the BenchMark 3.5 Conference on Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, San Diego. 

·       “The potential for civil society development by religiously motivated international partnerships.”  Presented July 7, 2010 to the 9th International Conference of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR), Istanbul, Turkey.

·       “The impact of policy change on nonprofit human services employment.”  Presented November 20, 2008 to the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

·        “Partners across borders: New frontiers in cross-national development partnerships.” Presented July 12, 2008 to the 8th International Conference of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR), Barcelona, Spain.

·       “Democracy and teleology: Control of planned change in faith-based organizations.” Presented June 19, 2008 to the 3rd International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis: Democracy, Governance and Methods, University of Essex, United Kingdom.

·       “A bridge over troubled policy waters: The immigrant-serving organization in a turbulent policy environment.” Presented November 16, 2007 to the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Atlanta, Georgia. 

·       “Political dimensions of donor nation support for humanitarian INGOs (International Non-Governmental Organizations).”  Presented July 10, 2006 to the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

·       “Urban Congregations as Incubators of Service Organizations.”  Presented November 18, 2005 at the 34th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Washington, DC. 

·       “Strengthening the participation of faith-based organizations in community development.”  Presented November 10, 2005 at the HUD Urban Scholars Symposium, The National Academies, Washington, DC. 

·       “Preliminary findings on congregational incubators.”Presented April 4, 2005 at the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) National Conference, Milwaukee, WI. 

·       “Organized Religious Interests and the Making of Welfare Policy, 1960s-1990s.”  Presented May 22, 2004 at the 2004 Policy History Conference, St. Louis, MO. 

·       “Findings from a regional dataset about the community service activities of religious congregations.”  Presented November 21, 2003 at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Denver, CO. 

·       “Has accountability increased with the implementation of charitable choice or are administrators turning a blind eye?”  Presented November 7, 2003 at the 25th Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Washington, DC. 

·       “Potential to match the promise?  The scope of community service activities by religious congregations.”  Presented at the 2nd Creating Livable Communities Symposium, April 15, 2003.  Sponsored by the Public Policy Research Center, University of Missouri St. Louis. 

·       “Perceptions of barriers to faith-based participation in welfare reform implementation:  Experiences in one state.”  Presented November 15, 2002 at the 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), Montreal, Quebec.

·       “Historical perspectives on the effects of episodic policy change on immigrant organizations in St. Louis.”  Presented October 26, 2002 at the 27th meeting of the Social Science History Association, St. Louis, MO.

·       “Policy learning as an indicator of increased capacity in legislative advocacy.”  Presented Thursday, April 18, 2002 at the Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness and Performance Conference, Kansas City, MO. 

·       “The Internet as a window on the world for students of nonprofit management.”  Presented February 8, 2002 at the 25th National Public Administration Teaching Conference, Knoxville, TN. 

·       “Engaged in ‘Loose Talk’ about the Making of Public Social Welfare Policy:  Analyzing the Salience of Charitable Choice as a Political Innovation.”  Paper presented Nov. 29, 2001 at the 30th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, Miami, FL. 

§  “Rightly divided:  The Effects of Religious Group Rhetoric on Welfare Policy Discourse Structuration.”  Paper presented at the 2001 Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Columbus, OH (2001). 

§  “The Role of Religious Group Advocacy in Contemporary Social Welfare Policy Formulation.”  Poster session presentation at the Association of Public Policy And Management’s (APPAM) 22nd Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington (2000). 

§  “The Limits and Potential of Contemporary Social Welfare History for Policy Formulation Involving Religious Groups.”  Presentation of a paper at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s (ARNOVA) 29th Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (2000). 

§  "Framing Constitutional Discourse through Voluntary Provision of Prisoners' Religious Services."  ARNOVA 27th Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington (1998). 

§  “Organizational Communication in Religious Groups.” Submitted as a Yale PONPO Working Paper (1997).

§  "The Sense-Making Communication Model and Adolescent Information Needs: Radio Public Affairs Programming."  Unpublished graduate research (1991).

Awards and Scholarships

·       Fellow, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2008-2009

·       Public Policy Research Center Fellowship, University of Missouri St. Louis, 2007-2008

·       Innovation Grant for Integrating Technology in Teaching and Learning, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2005

·       Fellow, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2005-2006

·       U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004-2005

·       National Poverty Center Summer Workshop, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, 2004

·       Public Policy Research Center Fellowship, University of Missouri St. Louis, 2003-2004

·       Center on Philanthropy Dissertation Research Grant, Indiana University, 2000-2001

·       Research Assistant, Graduate School of Public Affairs, 1998-1999 & 1999-2000

·       Graduate Teaching Assistant, Graduate School of Public Affairs, 1999-2000

·       Church Training and Deaconess House Scholarship, 1998

·       John D. Rockefeller III Fellowship, Yale University Program on Nonprofit Organizations (PONPO), 1997

·       Professional Development Grant, Regis University, 1995-1996

·       Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Denver, 1990-1991


Phillip Milstein Dissertation Award, Graduate School of Public Affairs, awarded 2003

Pi Alpha Alpha honor society for students of Public Affairs and Administration, 2000 

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1998-1999

Institutional Service

§  Academic Director, Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2008-2014

§  Co-chair, Search Committee, Center for Ethics in Public Life, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2008

§  Search Committee, Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy Analysis, 2007

§  Center for Ethics in Public Life, Interim co-director. University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2007

§  Committee on Student Publications, University of Missouri St. Louis, 2003-2004 & 2004-2005

§  Planning Committee, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2001-2002

§  Trustees Committee on New Ventures, Regis University, 1998-2001

§  Search Committee, Graduate School of Public Affairs, 1999

§  Student representative, Ph.D. committee, Graduate School of Public Affairs, 1998-1999

§  Search Committee, Liberal Arts Program Chair, School for Professional Studies, Regis University, 1997

University Courses Taught

Introduction to Policy Analysis

Politics of Immigration Policy

Multi-method Research Design

Politics of Poverty and Welfare

Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations

Introduction to Public Policy

Nonprofit Organizations in the Public Policy Context

Emerging Issues in Colorado Philanthropy

Professional Writing (preparatory MPA course)

Organizational Communication

Critical Thinking and Writing

Mass Media and Mass Communication in Society

Research Methods in Communication

Public Relations

Public Speaking

Intermediate Composition

Organizational Development and Change (as a Graduate Teaching Assistant)

Public Policy Analysis (as a Graduate Teaching Assistant)


Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)  International Society for Third-sector Research (ISTR)

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR)

Professional Experience

Political Science and Public Policy Administration, University of Missouri St. Louis. (2007- 2014). 

Associate Professor, Graduate School faculty. 

Political Science and Public Policy Administration, University of Missouri St. Louis. (2001- 2007). 

Assistant Professor, Graduate School faculty. 

Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver. (1998 - 2001)

Honoraria Faculty, graduate level course, "Emerging Issues in Colorado Philanthropy" (summer, 2001).  Graduate Teaching Assistant for M.P.A. preparatory courses.  Research Assistant for two-year federally-funded project on state-mandated assessment in higher education (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, FIPSE).  Student Assistant  for Organizational Development and Change course and in development of online Public Policy Analysis course. 

School for Professional Studies, Regis University, Denver. (1993 -2001)

Affiliate faculty for adult degree program. Approximately 24 3-credit courses taught in Organizational Communication, Mass Media, Mass Communication and Society, Critical Thinking and Writing, Speech Communication, Strategic Communication in Business, Essentials of Writing, Intermediate Composition.  Course consultant for independent study students in Communication Arts.  Developed new courses and accompanying syllabi.

Office of New Ventures, Regis University, Denver. (1997-1999)

Academic and curriculum consultant.  Curriculum development and in-service training for faculty at colleges and universities offering accelerated degree programs through collaboration with Regis University.  Provided academic support in the areas of English and Communication in addition to developing resource materials on instructional design strategies for faculty in intensive degree completion programs.    

Episcopal Diocese of Colorado.  (1993 - 1996)

Editor and Communication Coordinator. Oversight of diocesan public relations. Editor-in-chief for statewide publication, The Colorado Episcopalian (cir. 14,000).  Coordinator for annual giving campaign, including the development of direct appeal program and all collateral design.  Strategic planning and communication consultant for diocesan organizations.  Conducted diocesan media relations for special events.  Management of computer information systems, including restructuring of diocesan data systems and network upgrade. 

Adult Learning Source Literacy, GED and ESOL.  Denver  (1992 – 1993 )

Student Development Coordinator.  Responsible for student recruitment, community liaison relationships and monitoring student progress through supervision of field staff and computerized data management.  Academic advising for students pursuing higher education.  Management of GED testing.     

Episcopal Diocese of Colorado.  (1987 – 1990)

Director, College and Young Adult Programs.  Full-time staff director for promotion and coordination of statewide programs for college students and young adults.  Served as program spokesperson to community and campus groups throughout the state.  Coordinated special events, conferences, seminars and workshops.  Grant administration.

 Campus Ministry at Arapahoe Community College, Littleton. (1985 – 1987)

Campus chaplain.  Launched outreach services funded by local religious groups to students and campus personnel.  Spokesperson for campus activities to local organizations and schools.  Organized special events, seminars and workshops in addition to providing pastoral counseling services.

Pacific American Institute. (1986-1987)

Program Coordinator.  Organized, promoted and supervised academic program for host family program for Japanese high school students. 

University of the South.  (1984-1987)

Program Coordinator.  University liaison for extension program of theological education. Supervised enrollment , trained group leaders and conducted program publicity.



Training and Seminars

Graduate internship, Office of Communications,  Metropolitan State College (1991)

Basic Grant Writing, Technical Assistance Center, Denver CO (1988)

Fund Raising Principles and Dynamics,  Fund Raising School, Indianapolis IN (1987)

Community Service (Representative)

Board Member, St. Francis Day Shelter for Homeless, 1997 - 2001

Board Member, Turnabout Job Placement, 1997-1998 

Board Member, Denver Metro area YWCA, 1986-1987

Board Member, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 1979-1980