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Christine Mahoney is a Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She directs the Tadler Program in Impact Investing in Appalachia as well as the UVA Environmental Institute-funded Climate Collaborative on Appalachian Renewable Energy & Resilience. 

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 we need to advance social entrepreneurship for the 60 million people displaced by violent conflict worldwide. The work inspired the launch of the Refugee Investment Network


To help foster innovative solutions to social problems she launched and led  Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia for a decade. Over ten years, SE@UVA taught over 2,500 students, engaged over 8,000, had over 700 students declare a minor in Social Entrepreneurship, mentored over 80 student social enterprise teams, supported over 100 social entrepreneurs and impact investors with over 38,400 hours of pro-bono consulting, and mobilized over $7.7 million in resources to support its mission.

She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and the Director of the Center for European Studies and the Maxwell EU Center. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, Visiting Scholar at Oxford, a National Science Foundation grant recipient, and recipient of the Emerging Scholar award from the American Political Science Association.

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