Joannie Tremblay-Boire is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Management and Policy at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies of Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal.
Her research centers on nonprofits/non-governmental organizations (NGOs), studying their accountability, internal structure, and legal environment. Tremblay-Boire’s dissertation focused on why American foundations make grants to certain charities and not others. Using a mixed-method approach, she argued that while foundations try to address issues facing underprivileged populations worldwide, other factors also matter when they make grant decisions, including government interests, media attention, a foundation’s organizational structure, and previously existing ties with charities. Currently, she is expanding her work on grantmaking foundations, examining the population ecology of foundations and conducting comparative analyses of foundation behavior across countries. Other topics of interest include nonprofit/NGO regulation and self-regulatory initiatives, as well as power dynamics between nonprofits/NGOs and their institutional funders.
Tremblay-Boire was a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) doctoral fellow. She was awarded the University of Washington’s Arts and Sciences Graduate Medal upon graduation. Her work has appeared in Voluntas and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.