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Christine Mahoney is an Associate Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.  Her work focuses on global advocacy and global social entrepreneurship. She has studied and worked in over 40 countries and led student research teams to Bangladesh, Nepal and Belgium. She leads the University of Virginia’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative.

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 has also published in European Union Politics, the Journal of Public Policy, the Journal of European Public Policy, West European Politics, and the Journal of Common Market Studies.  She is the recipient of the 2011 Emerging Scholar award from the American Political Science Association. She has a major grant from the National Science Foundation to study political framing, and serves on the steering committee of an European Science Foundation-funded collaborative project, InterEURO. She is also the co-director of the ECPR Standing Group on Interest Groups and the ECPR Summer School on Global Advocacy.

Dr. Mahoney’s second book project focuses on global advocacy on behalf of the displaced; studying how we can better fight for the rights of those who have been forced to flee their homelands due to ethnic and political violence. She has conducted fieldwork in refugee camps and conflict zones in 7 of the largest protracted displacement crises: Bhutan/Nepal, Burma/Thailand, Colombia, Bosnia/Croatia, Sri Lanka, Somalia/Kenya, and Uganda.

Her PhD, MA and BA were awarded by Penn State University, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Brussels, Belgium, a visiting scholar at Oxford, UK, and she sailed with Semester at Sea at Sea as a sophomore in Spring ’99.