About Me

I am an Associate Professor in Nonprofit Studies and Data Science at Arizona State University and academic director of the M.S. in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics program. I teach masters and PhD-level courses in public management, nonprofit management, applied statistics, program evaluation, urban policy, and data programming in R. 

My research broadly covers the economics of the nonprofit sector, social innovation, urban policy and data science. Topics include nonprofit entrepreneurship, capital markets for social enterprises, open science, open data, and open source software for performance management.


Ph.D. in Social Science (2010) 
Syracuse University

Masters in Public Policy (2006) 
Carnegie Mellon

CV: Updated September 2019  [ download ]


Recent Publications  [scholar]  [researchgate]

Bullock, J., Lecy, J. & Young, M. (forthcoming). “Artificial Discretion as a Tool of Governance: A Framework for Understanding the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Public Administration.” Perspectives on Public Management and Governance.

Lecy, J., Ashley, S. & Santamarina, F. (2019). “Do Nonprofit Missions Vary by the Political Ideology of Supporting Communities? Some Preliminary Results.” Public Performance and Management Review. [ download ]

Varela, A. R., Pratt, M., Harris, J., Lecy, J., Salvo, D., Brownson, R. C., & Hallal, P. C. (2018). Mapping the historical development of physical activity and health research: A structured literature review and citation network analysis. Preventive Medicine111, 466-472. [ download ] [ review ]

Skolarus, T. A., Lehmann, T., Tabak, R. G., Harris, J., Lecy, J., & Sales, A. E. (2017). Assessing Citation Networks for Dissemination and Implementation Research Frameworks. Implementation Science12(1), 97. [ link ]

Young, D. R., Searing, E. A., & Brewer, C. V. (Eds.). (2016). The Social Enterprise Zoo: A Guide for Perplexed Scholars, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists, Leaders, Investors, and Policymakers. Edward Elgar Publishing. CH5, CH6, CH7, CH10.

Millar, G. & Lecy, J. (2016). "Disciplinary Divides in Post-Conflict Justice and Peace: Tracking If and How we Share Ideas." Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp 302-320. [ download ]

Lecy, J. & Thornton, J. (2016). “What Big Data Can Tell Us about Government Awards to the Nonprofit Sector: Using the FAADS Dataset.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, forthcoming. [ download ] [ FAADS to NCCS crosswalk script ]

Faulk, L., Lecy, J. & McGinnis, J. (2016). "Competitive Advantage in Nonprofit Grant Markets: Implications of Network Embeddedness and Status." International Public Management Journal, forthcoming. [ download ]

Shadish, W. & Lecy, J. (2015). “The Meta-Analytic Big Bang.” Research Synthesis Methods, Vol 6, Issue 3, pp 246-264. [download]

Lecy, J. & Searing, E. (2015). “Anatomy of the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 44 no. 3 539-563. [download]

Young, D. & Lecy, J. (2014). “Defining the Universe of Social Enterprise: Competing Metaphors. Voluntas, Vol 25, Issue 5, pp 1307-1332. [download]

Lecy, J., Mergel, I., Schmitz, H.P. (2014).  “Networks in Public Administration: Current Scholarship in Review.”  Public Management Review, Vol 16, Issue 5, pp 643-665[download]   

Harris, J., Lecy, J., Hipp, A., Brownson, R., & Parra, D. (2013). “Mapping the Development of Research on Physical Activity and the Built Environment.” Preventive Medicine, 57(5):533-540. [download]

Searing, E., Avila, F., & Lecy, J. (2013). “The Impact of Psychological Trauma on Wages in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Social Science and Medicine, 96, 165-173. [download]

Lecy, J. & D. Van Slyke (2013).  “Nonprofit Sector Growth and Density: Testing Theories of Government Support.”  JPART, Vol 22, Issue 4. [download]

Choi, C., Lecy, J. (2012).  “A Semantic Network Analysis of Economic Policy Regime Changes in North Korea from the Mid 1980s to 2009.”  Governance, Vol 24, Issue 4. [ download ] [ methods ]

Lecy, J., Schmitz, H.P, Swedlund, H. (2012) “NGO and NPO Effectiveness:  A Modern Synthesis.”   VOLUNTAS, Volume 23, Issue 2, Page 434-457. [downloadISTR best paper award for articles published in 2012.

Harris, J., Beatty, K., Lecy, J., J. Cyr, R. Shapiro (2011).  “The Evolution of Health Systems Research: A Citation Network Analysis.”  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 41(1), 105-111. [download]

Lecy, J. (2010).  “New Approaches to Evaluation: Comparative Impact Assessment.”  Journal of Civil Society and Social Transformation, Vol 5.

Lecy, J., Mitchell, G., Schmitz, H.P. (2010)  “Structuring Global Advocacy: Explaining Organizational Change and the Emergence of Transnational Networks,” book chapter for A. Prakash and M.K. Gugerty (eds.) Rethinking Advocacy Organizations. A Collective Action Perspective.  Cambridge Press. [ download ]

Krishna, A., & Lecy, J. (2008). “The Balance of All Things: Explaining Household Poverty Dynamics in 50 Villages of Gujarat, India.” International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 2(2), 160-175. [ download ]

Lecy, J. (2007).  “Aid Effectiveness After the Gujarat Earthquake: A Case Study of Disaster Relief.”  Journal of Development and Social Transformation, Vol 4, 5-12.


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College of Public Service and Community Solutions [ website ]
Arizona State University

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