Chao Guo is Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management in the Penn School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he was on the faculties of Indiana University, the University of Georgia, and Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
Guo’s research interests focus on the intersection between nonprofit and voluntary action and government. More specifically, he conducts research on representation in nonprofit organizations, nonprofit advocacy, nonprofit governance, collaboration within and across sectors, social entrepreneurship, and volunteerism. His work appears in numerous journals such as Administration and Society, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Management, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Policy Forum, Policy Studies Journal, Public Administration, Public Administration Review, and Voluntas. He has recently published a book titled “Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value” (Jossey-Bass, March 2014). In 2005, Guo received the David Stevenson Faculty Fellowship from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council. In 2008, he was selected as a recipient of the inaugural IDEA Award for research promise by the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management. In 2012, he was selected as a recipient of Top Research Paper Award by the Public Relations Division of National Communication Association. In 2014, he received the Best Paper Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities, Guo is actively involved in professional and community service activities. He is the Senior Vice-President of the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations (ICSERA). He currently serves on the boards of directors of ARNOVA and the Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ). He also serves on the editorial boards of leading journals of nonprofit studies such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) and Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NML). He has consulted with various nonprofit organizations on board governance and organizational change. In 2013, he was selected as a finalist for the Indiana Public Service Award by the Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. In early 2015, Guo accepted an invitation to become a Penn Fellow.