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Kaushal Sapkota (he/him/his)

Doctoral Student, University of Oregon


Address: School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, Hendricks Hall 1B, 1209,

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA 97403-1209

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Kaushal Sapkota is a Doctoral Student of Planning and Public Affairs at the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) at the University of Oregon (USA). His doctoral thesis focuses on third sector/civil society/nonprofit education in South Asia. Kaushal is also interested in learning about nonprofit management, volunteering, diaspora philanthropy, higher education, nonprofit management education, and teaching and learning. 

Kaushal holds an M.Sc. in Administrative Sciences/Master of Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MaRIHE) and a Master of Nonprofit Management Degree. He is currently based in Eugene, Oregon. 


At the University of Oregon (UO), Kaushal has been a part of Rehearsals for Life - a graduate/undergraduate student theatre troupe that uses applied theatre and storytelling to design experiential workshops that promote bystander intervention and advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice within UO and beyond. He has taught Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations class as an instructor and assisted PPPM faculty as their graduate employee (teaching assistant) for courses like Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector, Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations, Impact Philanthropy, and Practice of Leadership and Change. Currently, he serves on the board of the Eugene-Kathmandu Sister City Association (EKSCA) (a local nonprofit promoting mutual understanding and friendship between Eugene and Kathmandu) and co-coordinates the International Society for Third Sector Research’s (ISTR) Teaching & Learning Affinity Group (TLAG) (a group of ISTR scholars interested in teaching and learning in the third sector). 


Kaushal is from Kathmandu, Nepal. In Nepal, he was involved with King’s College (a local business school) in designing and leading their MBA Nonprofit Program, teaching graduate-level nonprofit management courses, and co-founding the Office of Safe and Respectable Learning (OSRL, a DEIB initiative). Beyond his professional engagement, Kaushal was also involved in nonprofit consulting (pro-bono and contracted), governance (as a board volunteer for nonprofit organizations), and fundraising for charitable initiatives.

Kaushal is an ardent Liverpool FC fan, likes photography, loves traveling, and appreciates the arts (theatre, film, and/or any form of expression). He cares deeply about diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Alma Maters: University of Oregon (USA), Tampere University (Finland), Danube University, Krems (Austria), Kathmandu College of Management & Kathmandu University (Nepal), Budhanilkantha School

Research and Publication(s)​

  • [Accepted]  Lall, S. & Sapkota, K. (n.d.). Chapter 25 Evaluating Social Enterprises: Research and Practice.  In Newcomer, K. & Mumford, S. (eds). Research Handbook on Program Evaluation. Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • [Accepted] Mason, D. P. & Sapkota, K. (n.d.). Service-learning through a critical pedagogy lens. In (eds) Critical Pedagogy: Empowering Education and Societal Engagement.

Ongoing/Unpublished Research Project(s)

  • Diaspora Philanthropy - Charitable Giving Behavior of the Nepali Diaspora (with Dipendra K.C., Medha Shrestha, Krishm Joshi & Milan K. S. Tharu)

  • Volunteering Inequality (with Dyana P. Mason, Cody Aucoin, Ash Berry & Enuma Ezeabogu)

  • Critical Service Learning (with Dyana P. Mason)

  • Experiential Learning and the Live-Case Method (with Medha Shrestha)

  • Exploring the Perception of Experiential Learning (EL) among the faculty members of a business school in Nepal (with Bhawana Shrestha) 

  • Contextualizing Intersectionality for Nepal (with Alina Spanuth, Bhawana Shrestha & Biswash Chepang) 

  • Impact Study: Rehearsals for Life Program at the University of Oregon (with Abigail Leeder & Haifa Souilmi)

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