Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Stephanie L. McNulty

Franklin and Marshall College

PO Box 3003

Lancaster, PA 17604

Academic Positions

2008-present. Professor, Franklin & Marshall College, Government Department, Lancaster, PA. (Promoted 2015, 2021).

2018-2021. Director of Faculty Diversity Initiatives, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.

2002, 2007-2008. Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University, George Mason University, Political Science Department, Washington, D.C.

2004, 2017. Affiliated Scholar. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú. Political Science Department, Lima, Peru.


Ph.D., Political Science, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 2006.

Master of Arts, Political Science, New York University, New York, NY. 1996.

Bachelor of Arts, Politics, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA. 1991.



2021. Participatory Budgeting in Global Perspective. Oxford University Press. With Brian Wampler and Michael Touchton.

2019. Democracy from Above? The Unfulfilled Promise of Nationally Mandated Participatory Reforms. Stanford University Press.

  • Reviewed in Perspectives on Politics, Choice, Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review.

2011. Voice and Vote: Decentralization and Participation in Post-Fujimori Peru. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

  • Reviewed in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Latin American Studies, and Perspectives on Politics.

Select Articles

2023. “Technocracy for the People? The Impact of Government Imposed Democratic Innovations on Governance and Citizen Well-being.” with Co-authored Jared Abbott and Katherine McKiernan (’15, F&M). Comparative Political Studies.

2023. “Participatory Budgeting and Well-being: Governance and Sustainability in Comparative Perspective.” Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management. Co-authored with Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton.

2023. “Participatory Budgeting and Community Development: A Global Assessment.” American Behavioralist Scientist. Co-authored with Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton.

2019. “Participación decepcionante: una evaluación de quince años de la Ley Nacional del Presupuesto Participativo.” Revista de Ciencia Política y Gobierno (11), 7-30.

2018. “Embedded Exclusions: Exploring Gender Equality in Peru’s Participatory Democratic Framework.” Global Discourse, 8:3, 532-549.

2018. “Peru’s Struggle with the Fujimori Legacy.” Current History 117 (796): 56-61.

2018. “Politics and Promise: Exploring Fifteen Years of Peru’s Participatory Decentralization Reform.” Co-authored with Gustavo Guerra García. Public Organization Review.

2017. “The Fujimori Effect: Political Instability and Paralysis in Peru.” NACLA.2017. “Perú 2016: Continuity and Change in an Electoral Year.” Revista de Ciencia Política.

2015. “Mandating Participation: Evaluating Guatemala’s Top Down Participatory Governance System.” Pensamiento Propio 40. Special issue on “Citizen Participation in Latin America.
2013. “Institutions of Participatory Governance: Latin America’s Response to a Failing Party System.” Spazio Filosofico 9. Special Issue on “The Party.” 
2012. “An Unlikely Success: Peru’s Top-Down Participatory Budgeting Experience,” Journal of Public Deliberation 8(2), Article 4. Special Issue on “The Spread of Participatory Budgeting Across the Globe.”

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  1. “The Global Spread and Transformation of Participatory Budgeting.” with Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton. In Nelson Dias (ed.) Hope for Democracy, 2nd Edition.
  2. “Mandating Participatory Budgeting: Evaluating Fifteen Years of Peru’s Participatory Budgeting Law.” In Nelson Dias (ed.) Hope for Democracy, 2nd Edition.
  1. “Participatory Governance.” Co-authored with Brian Wampler. In Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn (eds.) Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley and Sons.
  1. “Mandating Participation: Exploring Peru’s National Participatory Budget Law.” In Nelson Dias (ed.) Hope for Democracy: 25 Years of Participatory Budgeting WorldWide. In Loco Association. São Brás de Alportel, Portugal. 203-214.
  1. “Participação Obrigatória: Explorando a Lei do OP do Peru.” In Nelson Dias (ed.) Esperança Democrática: 25 Anos de Orçamentos Participativos no Mundo. Associação In Loco, Portugal. 201-212.
  1. “Participación y sociedad civil: Las experiencias con los CCRs y los presupuestos participativos en el Perú.” In Aldo Panfichi (ed.) La Participación Ciudadana en el Perú. Disputas, confluencias y tensiones. Lima, Peru: Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica.
  1. “Decentralization and Participatory Local Governance: A Decision Space Analysis and Application to Peru.” Co-authored with Jennifer and Derrick Brinkerhoff. In Dennis Rondinelli and Shabbir Cheema (eds.) Decentralizing Governance: Devolution, Capacity, and Partnership. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press.


  1. Documenting the Undocumented: The Effect of Coronavirus on Undocumented Immigrants in Lancaster County. With Yuliana Tamayo, Roger Avila-Vidal, and Kate Espinosa. May.
  1. Participatory Budgeting: Spreading Across the Globe.” Co-authored with Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton.
  2. “Does Participatory Governance Matter? Exploring the Nature and Impact of Participatory Reform.” Co-authored with Brian Wampler. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC.

Grants and Fellowships

2020-2021. Center for Sustained Engagement with Lancaster. “The Effects of Coronavirus on Undocumented Immigrants.” Seed grant and sabbatical fellowship.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “Forums for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion.” 2019.

Hewlett Foundation. “The State of the Art of Participatory Budgeting.” With Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton. 2017.

American Association for University Women American Postdoctoral Fellow. 2012-2013.

APSA Small Research Grant. 2012.

Faculty Hackman and Committee on Grants funding. Franklin & Marshall College.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, Peru. 2004–2005.

Fulbright Scholar, Peru. 2004.

Rotary International Fellow, Santiago, Chile. 1992-1993.

International Development Experience

International Development Consultant. 2004-present.

Senior Development Officer/Senior Program Officer, Academy for Educational Development’s Center for Civil Society and Governance, Washington, DC. 2001-2003, and 2006-2007. Provided evaluation, development, and management services to an international non-profit organization.

Senior Research Analyst, Academy for Educational Development’s USAID Research and Reference Services. Washington, DC, March 1997- August 2000. Researched and evaluated democracy and governance issues for USAID/CDIE and USAID/LAC.

Media Commentaries

“Colleges must acknowledge the challenges facing female academics.” Inside Higher Ed. 21 March 2021.

“Reading the News You’d Think that Democracy is Retreating Everywhere. Good News: The Opposite is True.” 2019.

Three-part guest blog series: “Participatory Budgeting: Spreading Across the Globe.”  (October 13, 2017); “The Participatory (R)evolution: Four Major PB Transformations   over Time” (October 27, 2017); “Participatory Budgeting: Does Evidence Match Enthusiasm?” (November 3, 2017). Open Government Partnership Stories. With Brian Wampler and Mike Touchton.

“The other side of the border crisis.” Guest on RadioTimes with Marty Moss-Coane. August 7, 2014.

“US helped create crisis along border.” The Philadelphia Inquirer. July 31, 2014.

“In leading women, U.S. lags.” The Philadelphia Inquirer A11, January 4, 2011.

Professional Service

Founding Member, North American Participatory Budgeting Research Board, now Global PB Research Board. 2014-2022.

Country Expert (Peru and Guatemala) and Lateral Coder (Bolivia, Brazil, Honduras, Ecuador, and Venezuela), V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy Project). 2012-present.

Member, Feakins Foundation Board of Directors. 2017-present.

Co-founder, Lancaster Neighbor Fund 2017-present.

Consultant, Latin America Regional Authority Index, Peru Country Profile. 2012.

Manuscript Reviewer, various outlets. 2008-present.

Member, Latin American Studies Association. 2001-present.

Member, American Political Science Association. 2003-present.