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Dr. Mahoney's research focuses on advocacy and activism; specifically she studies the framing, messaging and strategic decisions of civil society organizations seeking to change public policy. She also directs the Social Entrepreneurship@UVA Initiative.
She is currently working on two large projects. The first looks at global advocacy on behalf of the displaced; studying how organizations at multiple levels of governance attempt to fight for the rights of those forced to flee their homelands due to ethnic and political violence. This research is based, in part, on fieldwork in 7 of the largest protracted displacement crises worldwide (Bhutan, Burma, Colombia, Croatia, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Uganda).
The second is a NSF-funded project using computer-automated content analysis to better understand what types of political frames are successful in shifting public policy debates. This project is based on the textual analysis of thousands of documents put forward in public policy debates in the European Union by hundreds of advocates and interest groups.
Her book Brussels vs. the Beltway: Advocacy in the United States and the European Union (Georgetown University Press, 2008) is the first large-scale comparative study of lobbying in the US and the EU. She is the co-chair of the ECPR Standing Group on Interest Groups; and recipient of the 2011 Emerging Scholar Award from the American Political Science Association's Political Organizations & Parties section.
Heike Klüver, Chrstine Mahoney and Marc Opper, Framing in context: how interest groups employ framing to lobby the European Commission, Journal of European Public Policy (2015) read more »
Heike Klüvera and Christine Mahoney, Measuring interest group framing strategies in public policy debates, Journal of Public Policy, January 5, 2015. read more »
Christine Mahoney and Frank Baumgartner (January 2015), Partners in Advocacy: Lobbyists and Government Officials in Washington, Journal of Politics, 77 (1): 202-215. read more »
Christine Mahoney and Michael Beckstrand. "Following the Money: EU Funding of Civil Society Organizations", Journal of Common Market Studies Vol. 49 (6): 1339-1361 (2011). read more »
Politico Quotes Professor Mahoney on EU Lobbying in Brussels read more »
New Program Allows Any Undergrad to Minor in Entrepreneurship read more »
Professor Mahoney Gives Recommendations on Lobbying read more »
Social Entrepreneurship @ U.Va. Joins Impact Business Leaders Effort read more »
Students Create Socially Minded Ventures at ‘3 Day Startup’ read more »
Figure 1 from the article indicates the names of most prolific scholars. This includes both well-established scholars such as Justin Greenwood, Jan Beyers, David Coen and Rainer Eising, and the names of younger scholars such as Christine Mahoney and Heike Kluver. Authorship is predominately European, with only three American academics publishing more than three articles in this field (Christine Mahoney, Frank R. Baumgartner and David Lowery) read more »
Now Mahoney, along with students and other young faculty, is seeking funding to grow the initiative into a full-fledged program with an endowed chair. Over time, “I’ve become more and more convinced that we can achieve social justice through direct action,” she said. read more »
From day one, students in Christine Mahoney’s Sustainable Global Entrepreneurship class have employed different design thinking models to explore how best to launch social ventures, spur innovation and generate unique solutions to pressing global issues. Through case studies, simulations and a variety of guest speakers, students were able to master the tools necessary to become effective entrepreneurs. But how do these lessons transfer outside of the classroom and into the real world? Upon visiting Hub Accra in Ghana, their new skills were put to the test. read more »
“Worldwide, over 30 million people have been displaced by violent conflict. The vast majority are trapped in protracted displacement crises; languishing for decades as endless cycles of violence prohibit them from returning home and resuming normal lives. How can we more effectively fight for the rights of these people? This is the question I’m seeking to answer.”
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