Ashley Nickels is an associate professor in the School of Peace and Conflict Studies (SPCS) at Kent State University. Working at the intersections of urban affairs, nonprofit and voluntary studies, and public policy and administration, Dr. Nickels' research focuses on issues of power, social equity, and democratic participation. Her area of specialization is community development. Dr. Nickels is the Chair of the Public Administration Theory Network, Co-Leader of the Growing Democracy Project and Growing Democracy Lab, and Co-Host of the Growing Democracy Podcast.
Dr. Nickels holds a PhD in Public Affairs, with a specialization in Community Development, from Rutgers University-Camden.
Ph.D. in Public Affairs, specialization in Community Development, Rutgers University, 2016, M.S. in Community Development (en passant), Rutgers University, 2016, M.P.A., concentration in nonprofit leadership, Grand Valley State University, 2006, B.S. in Psychology and Gender Studies, Grand Valley State University, 2003