Sarah L. Pettijohn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dr. Pettijohn teaches courses in nonprofit management in the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program. Her research focuses on the role, capacity, and financial well-being of nonprofit organizations in the United States. Specifically, Dr. Pettijohn examines government contracts and grants from the nonprofit perspective as well as how nonprofits use data collected to enhance organizational performance.
Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, Dr. Pettijohn was a research associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Her projects included several studies for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: (1) improving performance measurement and program documentation for the Community Service Block Grants (CSBG) program, (2) understanding how managers use data in Head Start programs, and (3) evaluating the Head Start Designation Renewal System. She led the research team that examined government contracting policies and practices affecting nonprofit organizations. In addition to her research work, Dr. Pettijohn provided support to the National Center on Charitable Statistics and assisted with data requests and the National Fundraising Survey administered by the National Research Collaborative.