BiographyMargaret Stout is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at West Virginia University. Her research explores the role of public and nonprofit practitioners in achieving democratic social and economic justice with specific interests in administrative theory, public service leadership and ethics, and sustainable community development. She has a particularly strong interest in the philosophical underpinnings of these issues, and yet comes to these considerations from a career as a community development practitioner. Her published work can be found in Logics of Legitimacy: Three Traditions of Public Administration Praxis (CRC Press), Integrative Process: Follettian Thinking from Ontology to Administration (Process Century Press, with Jeannine M. Love), as well as in numerous academic and professional journals. She actively serves in leadership roles and on journal editorial boards for academic and professional societies and provides peer review for a host of other academic journals and publishers.
Dr. Stout’s first career was in human resource development, with a focus on work/life balance programming. Leading directly out of related experiences in state-wide and regional community and economic development initiatives, her second career was in community and youth development, serving as a manager and consultant to a host of nonprofit and government agencies in Arizona. She enjoys bringing these varied practitioner experiences into her current career as a professor through her research, teaching, and community service.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
administrative theory, public policy, nonprofit management, program design and evaluation, local governance, community development, social movements
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