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George Mitchell

Assistant Professor
Director, Public Policy Minor


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership


Political Science

Affiliated Departments

International Relations
Public Service Management Program


NAC 4/135A

p: 212-650-6435

f: 212-650-5190


  • Profile

    George E. Mitchell is an assistant professor of political science and an affiliate of the public service management and international relations programs at the City College of New York, specializing in NGO management and leadership. Before joining City College Professor Mitchell worked in the post-conflict reconstruction sector in the Middle East and was a founding Member of the Transnational NGO Initiative at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

  • Education

    • PhD (Political Science), Syracuse University, 2011
    • MA (Political Science), Syracuse University, 2007
    • MA (Economics), Syracuse University, 2006
    • BS (Economics), West Virginia University, 2003
  • Courses Taught

    Graduate courses:

    • PSM B1805 American Governance and Public Administration
    • PSM C1816 / PSY V7600 Program Evaluation
    • IR B6999 NGOs in Global Politics
    • IR B6800 Research Methods

    Undergraduate courses:

    • PSC 25200 Theories of International Relations
    • PSC 31716 NGOs in World Affairs
  • Research Interests

    Professor Mitchell's areas of research include strategic NGO/nonprofit management and leadership, outcome-oriented philanthropy, public administration, international relations, and mixed-methods. Among other topics related to NGO/nonprofit management and leadership, his current research examines how Northern transnational NGOs are confronting challenges to their accountability, effectiveness, legitimacy, and relevance.

  • Publications

    Mitchell, George E. Forthcoming. "Fiscal Leanness and Fiscal Responsiveness: Exploring the Normative Limits of Strategic Nonprofit Financial Management." Administration & Society.

    Mitchell, George E., Rosemary O'Leary, and Catherine Gerard. Forthcoming. "Collaboration and Performance: Perspectives from Public Managers and NGO Leaders." Public Performance and Management Review.

    Mitchell, George E. 2014. "The Strategic Orientations of US-Based NGOs." Voluntas. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-014-9507-5.

    Mitchell, George E. 2014. "Creating a Philanthropic Marketplace through Accounting, Disclosure, and Intermediation." Public Performance and Management Review. 38(1), 23-47. DOI: 10.2753/pmr1530-9576380102.

    Mitchell, George E. 2014. "Why Will We Ever Learn? Measurement and Evaluation in International Development NGOs." Public Performance and Management Review. 37(4), 605-631. DOI: 10.2753/PMR1530-9576370404.

    Mitchell, George E. and Hans Peter Schmitz. 2014. "Principled Instrumentalism: A Theory of Transnational NGO Behaviour. Review of International Studies. 40(3), 487-504. DOI: 10.1017/S0260210513000387.

    Mitchell, George E. 2014. "Collaborative Propensities among Transnational NGOs Registered in the United States." American Review of Public Administration. 44(5), 575-599. DOI: 10.1177/0275074012474337.

    Mitchell, George E. 2013. "The Construct of Organizational Effectiveness: Perspectives from Leaders of International Nonprofits in the United States." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 42(2), 322-343. DOI: 10.1177/0899764011434589.

    Mitchell, George E. 2012. "Strategic Responses to Resource Dependence among Transnational NGOs Registered in the United States." Voluntas. 25(1), 67-91. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-012-9329-2.

    Mitchell, George E. and Grant Reeher. 2011. “From e-government to e-governance: Harnessing technology to strengthen democracy.” In The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work, ed. T. Newell, G. Reeher and P. Ronayne (2nd ed., pp. 340-370). Washington: CQ Press.

    Lecy, Jesse D., George E. Mitchell, and Hans Peter Schmitz. 2010. “Advocacy Organizations, Networks and the Firm Analogy.” In Rethinking Advocacy Organizations: A Collective Action Perspective, ed. M. K. Gugerty and A. Prakash (pp. 229-251). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Mitchell, George E. 2010. "Leveraging Project Finance for Development: The Chad-Cameroon Oilfield Development and Pipeline Project." Journal of Civil Society and Social Transformation. 1(1), 14-25.

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