Jennifer Mosley’s fields of special interest include the political involvement of nonprofit organizations, advocacy and lobbying, government-nonprofit relations, human service organizations, civic engagement, and philanthropy. Her research focuses on the role of nonprofit organizations as political actors, specifically the role human service organizations, foundations, and community-based organizations play in advocating for improved human services and underrepresented populations.
Assoc. Prof. Mosley is particularly interested in how nonprofits use involvement in policy advocacy to more effectively support the communities or populations they serve, as well as how public administration and nonprofit management trends, particularly collaborative governance and contracting, affect the advocacy role of human service nonprofits. Overall, her research agenda is driven by the goal of understanding better how nonprofit organizations attempt to influence the policy environment they are working in, while simultaneously representing the communities they serve to government.