L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



September 2020

Lindsey Evans

Assistant Professor

Scherer Hall, Room 313 Phone: (804) 828-0994 Email: evansll@vcu.edu


• Social equity
• Policy analysis and program evaluation
• Research methods


Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Public Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
B.S., Political Science, Georgia College


Capstone seminar, social equity, research methods, public policy analysis, leadership and community engagement, nonprofit management

Research Interests 

Dr. Evans' research is centered on public and nonprofit policy analysis and program evaluation, focusing on social equity. Her work encompasses a broad spectrum, including initiatives to promote social equity and examining programs and policies to eliminate disparities in both the public and nonprofit sectors. 

Recent research projects were dedicated to equity research, evaluation, and design within Virginia's vaccination effort. Her research explores social equity, diversity, and inclusion in nonprofit organizations.


Lindsey L. Evans, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her academic journey includes being an assistant professor of urban and public affairs at the University of Louisville. Before joining the faculty, Dr. Evans was a senior research associate on a multiyear grant project supported by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. This project focused on examining practices within African American-led nonprofit organizations that positively impact the life outcomes of at-risk youths. Additionally, she was a consulting research assistant with the MDRC Achieving the Dream Initiative, participating in large-scale evaluations.

In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Evans actively contributes to the field by serving as a board member for several sections within the American Society for Public Administration. Dr. Evans further engages in the scholarly community as a dedicated reviewer for various public administration and nonprofit journals, showcasing her commitment to advancing knowledge in these domains.

Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, a Master of Public Administration, and graduate certificates in geographic information systems and preparing future faculty from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Georgia College and State University.

Selected Publications

Evans, L. L., Kuenzi, K., & Stewart, A. J. (In press). The role of board diversity: Does board diversity equip nonprofit performance? Public Administration Quarterly.

Evans, L. L., & Douglas-Glenn, N. E. (In press). Executive leadership. In A. Stewart & K. Kuenzi (Eds.), Managing human resources in the nonprofit sector: Equipping organizations to be democratic, diverse, inclusive, and employee-friendly. Sagamore Press.

Evans, L. L., & Strawderman, M. (2023). Socialization. In S. Dolamore & A. Kline (Eds.), Organizational culture: An experimental guide (pp. 43-56). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781003395591

Kuenzi, K., Evans, L. L., & Stewart, A. J. (2023). Birds of a feather? Exploring homophily in nonprofit leadership. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 13(1), 1-17. doi:10.18666/JNEL-2022-11246

Evans, L. L.,  Douglas-Glenn, N. E., Gooden, S. T., Underwood, J., & Brown, C. (2023). Equity partnerships in action: Vaccines and public health. In E. Harper-Anderson, J. Albanese, & S. Gooden (Eds.), Racial equity, COVID-19, and public policy: The triple pandemic (pp. 50-74). Taylor & Francis. doi:10.4324/9781003286967

Gooden, S. T., Evans, L. L., & Pang, Y. (2018). Making the invisible visible in nonprofit courses: A case study of African American-led nonprofits. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 24(4), 490-517. doi:10.1080/15236803.2018.1488485.

Gooden, S. T., Evans, L. L., Perkins, M., Gooden, C., & Pang, Y. (2018). Examining youth outcomes of African American-led nonprofits. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 46(4S), 34S-54S. doi:10.1177/0899764018757028

Gooden, S. T., Perkins, M., Evans, L. L., & Pang, Y. (2018). Similarity attraction and old school values: African American-led nonprofits and African American Youth. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 24 (2), 41-52. https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/jpmsp/vol24/iss2/4/

Gooden, S. T., Martin, K. J., Evans, L. L., & Pegram, K. (2017). Promoting social equity to achieve the dream at minority-serving institutions. In R.G. Johnson (Ed.), Social equity in a time of change: A critical 21st century social movement (pp. 39-66). Birkdale Publishing.

Gooden, S. T., Martin, K. J., & Evans, L. L. (2016). Intermediaries of innovation in community colleges: Coaching in Achieving the Dream. In P. De Lancer Julnes & E. Gibson (Eds.), Innovations in the public and nonprofit sectors: A public solutions handbook (pp. 224-242). Routledge. doi:10.4324/9781315686868