School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Christopher L. Pallas

Associate Professor of Conflict Management and Political Science

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 5051
Phone: 470-578-6235


Christopher L. Pallas is Associate Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.  His research examines the relationship between international institutions, international NGOs, and local stakeholders in development policy making.  He has two main areas of focus.  One is the impact of transnational advocacy campaigns on the representation of low and middle income country stakeholders in international policymaking.  The other is the impact of foreign aid reduction and donor withdrawal on local civil society sustainability, especially in post-conflict states and countries transitioning from low income to middle income status.  His research has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, and the UNITAR-affiliated CIFAL-Atlanta. 


Prior to entering academia, Dr. Pallas served as a US Peace Corps volunteer working microfinance in Togo, West Africa, and worked as a senior research analyst and consultant, analyzing World Bank and African Development Bank policies for Development Finance International.   He also worked as a staff member and team leader for a faith-based NGO, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.



PhD Social Policy, London School of Economics

MSc Policy Studies, University of Edinburgh

BA Religious Studies, Grinnell College




Pallas, C. (2013) Transnational Civil Society and the World Bank: Investigating Civil Society’s Potential to Democratize Global Governance.  Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.


Recent Articles:

Pallas, C. and A. Guidero. Forthcoming. ‘Reforming INGO Accountability and Representivity: Supply vs. Demand-Driven Models,’ International Studies Review.


Pallas, C. and L. Nguyen. Forthcoming. ‘Donor Withdrawal and the Future of Civil Society in Vietnam: Problems and Solutions from the HIV/AIDS Sector,’ Development Policy Review.


Pallas, C.  (2016). ‘Inverting the Boomerang: Examining the Legitimacy of North-South-North Networks in Transnational Advocacy,’ Global Networks.  Available online, doi: 10.1111/glob.12129.  Print version in press.


Pallas, C. (2016) ‘Aid Reduction and Local Civil Society in Conflict-Affected States: New Research and Stakeholder Dialogue,’ Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 11(1): 105-109.  Available online, doi:10.1080/15423166.2016.1146515.


Pallas, C., K. Fletcher, and B. Han (2015) ‘Why Do Activists Lobby Institutions that Have Already Reformed?  Modeling Target Selection and Learning in NGO Advocacy,’ Journal of International Relations and Development. Available online, doi: 10.1057/jird.2015.5.  Print version in press.


Pallas, C., D. Gethings, and M. Harris (2015) ‘Do the Right Thing: The Impact of INGO Legitimacy Standards on Stakeholder Input,’ Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 26(4), 1261-1287.


Pallas, C. and A. Uhlin (2014) ‘Civil Society Influence on International Organizations: Theorizing the State Channel,’ Journal of Civil Society 10(2), 184-203.


Pallas, C. and J. Urpelainen (2013) ‘Mission and Interests: The Strategic Formation and Function of North-South NGO Campaigns,’ Global Governance 19(3), 401-423.


Pallas, C. and J. Urpelainen (2012) ‘NGO Monitoring and the Legitimacy of International Cooperation: A Strategic Analysis,’ Review of International Organizations 7(1), 1-32.

Pallas, C. (2012) ‘Identity, Individualism, and Activism beyond the State: Examining the Impacts of Global Citizenship,’ Global Society 26(2), 169-189.