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Paloma Raggo

International nonprofits; leadership; organizational accountability; global philanthropy; online teaching; and mixed-methods research
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2555
Office:5135 Richcraft Hall

Assistant Professor

Teaching Concentrations: Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Courses Taught: Research Methods; Globalization of Philanthropy

Dr. Paloma Raggo is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration and teaches in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. Carleton University’s new Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. Paloma has a PhD in political science with a dual specialty in public policy/administration and international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research interests include international nonprofit/INGO leadership, organizational accountability, global philanthropy, online teaching, and mixed methodologies. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the associate director of the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) of the Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods held at Syracuse University. She has received research related awards from the Canadian Association of Nonprofit Research and Social Economy Research (ANSER-ARES) (Best Thesis 2015), the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (Emergent Scholar Award 2014), the Society for Political Methodology and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (John Garcia Award 2011).

Paloma’s current research follows three streams: international NGO/nonprofit governance, qualitative methodologies, and online teaching. With regards to international NGO/nonprofit governance, she is now working on her book manuscript: “Leaders’ Accounts” in which she analyzes the accountability views of 152 executive leaders of international NGOs/nonprofits. She is currently working on several research projects and was recently awarded a research grant to study the phenomenon of “Accountability Dissonance”, a follow-up of her doctoral work, within one international nonprofit organization. What does accountability mean for international nonprofits and their stakeholders? At what level of decision-making do accountability views vary within the organization? Do leaders view accountability similarly to those implementing it and how are these views affecting a NPO’s behavior in accountability terms? In one of her current project related to qualitative methodologies, she analyzes the constraints and implications of using expert interviews as primary sources of evidence. Lastly, she is now working on another book manuscript (co-authored) on the challenges and opportunities with online teaching from a faculty perspective.

At Carleton University, Paloma has taught courses on the Globalization of Philanthropy, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, and the Capstone community-partner seminar. She received an Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award from Carleton University in 2014. She currently serves on the board of directors of the ANSER-ARES, co-founded the Global Issues and Transnational Actors (GITA) interest group of ARNOVA, and is now part of Carleton University’s Strategic Working Group on Online and Blended Learning.