Triparna Vasavada, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration, School of Public Affairs
Professor-in-Charge, Certificate Program in Non-Profit Administration
Professor-in-Charge, Master of Public Administration
Professor-in-Charge, Juris Doctor and Master of Public Administration
Public Administration MPA Graduate Faculty
Public Administration PhD Graduate Faculty
Health Administration Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6363
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W160
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Triparna Vasavada is an associate professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. Her research interests are nonprofit management, gender and leadership, disaster management, social network analysis. She teaches courses in research methods, and nonprofit management. Her work has appeared in the scholarly journals such as American Review of Public Administration, Administration & Society and Public Management Review. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences, including the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), and International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR) and Association for Research in Nonprofit and Voluntary Association (ARNOVA). As a Ford Foundation Fellow, she has worked as co-managing editor for a leading journal in women studies' "Gender & Society". She has received numerous grants and awards including ARNOVA's emerging scholar award.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
  • International Society for Third Sector Research


Research Interests
Nonprofit management
Gender issues in management
Disaster management
Social network analysis