Sabith  Khan

Sabith Khan, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.A.

Director and Associate Professor, Master of Public Policy & Administration (MPPA)

(805) 493-3718
Hanson House - 116

Office Hours: By appointment


I am  a scholar-practitioner, with expertise in American philanthropy, civil society, international development, religion and culture. I have worked across the nonprofit, for-profit and government sectors in India, UAE and the US. 

My research agenda : Charity and philanthropy are becoming increasingly important as fields of study, given the growing importance of non-state actors such as civil society groups and nonprofit organizations in our society. The introduction of Automation, Artificial Intelligence and new forms of production are sure to upend the existing models of production, in what scholars and thinkers are calling the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution.’ This is bound to have profound impact on our societies, around the world. My research agenda is to examine these changes in the realm of nonprofit organizations, technologies, governance systems and help chart a path towards managing these rapid changes. I am particularly drawn towards examining the old as well as the new: religious, cultural and governmental systems as much as technological systems that seem to be emerging fast and dominating our consciousness.

I  served as a Board Member of The Community Impact Fund, a Washington DC based community foundation and I am an active member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and the Chair of South Asia Section of American Society for Public Administration(ASPA).


I am a founding member of IOREM, a research organization focused on research and migration (


I have a PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization (PGG) from Virginia Tech and Master’s degree in Public Administration (specialization in International and Development Administration) and a Master of Arts in International Relations (regional focus on the Middle East) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.


Current research initiatives include:

- Role of nonprofits in refugee resettlement in the US

- Corporate Social Responsibility in India

- Development of nonprofit leaders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia





My book Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions (Edward Elgar Publishing) was released in Fall 2017. This book won the Virginia Hodgkinson Award for best book at ARNOVA, 2020. 

My second book project (with Dr.Daisha Merritt) on Remittances was released in August 2020 (Routledge Press).

You can read some of my academic papers at:



Grant Funding

Recipient of the Al-Subaei-ARNOVA award