Dr. Mahoney’s is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Director of Social Entrepreneurship@UVA.
She studies social justice advocacy, activism and direct action through social entrepreneurship. Her first book Brussels vs. the Beltway (Georgetown University Press) explored how advocates shape public policy in two of the most powerful political systems on the planet: the US and the EU. She conducted fieldwork in 7 conflict zones in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America for her second book Failure and Hope: Fighting for the Rights of the Forcibly Displaced (Cambridge University Press). The book argues that we need to advance social entrepreneurship for the 60 million people displaced by violent conflict worldwide. She has also published in the Journal of Politics, European Union Politics, the Journal of Public Policy, the Journal of European Public Policy, West European Politics, and the Journal of Common Market Studies.
Dr. Mahoney is the recipient of a major grant from the NSF to study 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.