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Lehn M. Benjamin: Assistant Professor, George Mason University. She is interested in the democratic practice and potential of nonprofit organizations. Her current research interests lie at the intersection between nonprofit organizations, accountability and democracy. With a grant from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, her most recent work examines the use of outcome measurement to ensure accountability and improve the performance of nonprofit community development organizations. In addition, she collaborated on a large-scale mixed method study investigating performance accountability and high stakes standardized testing in New York State schools.
Katherine K. Chen: Katherine Chen is an organizational researcher. She is an assistant professor of sociology at The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY). Her research and teaching interests include organizational theory, behavior, and culture, work and occupations, work and family, economic sociology, consumer studies, and social movements. She earned a PhD at Harvard University and an AB at Stanford University.
Graham Dover: CMA Centre Scholar, PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. “Graham is involved in collaborative research with the Centre Director, Tom Lawrence, on two main research projects. The first is a recently funded project to examine the role of “connector organizations” in facilitating innovation in public arenas. The second project is the research program focusing on study of change processes in the field of drug addiction in Vancouver and across Canada. This project is examining the diffusion and potential diffusion of “supervised injection sites” for intravenous drug users from Vancouver to other cities in Canada. He is currently working on his dissertation on the topic of “transformative social innovation: a studyof innovations for the “hard to house”.
Angela Eikenberry: Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, School of Public Adminstration: “Angela’s main research interests focus on the role of philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and civil society in democratic governance. In particular, she has conducted extensive research on giving circles, a funding mechanism to emerge from the “New Philanthropy” environment in the U.S. and elsewhere, where individuals pool their resources and decide together where to give these away.”
Howard Lune: Associate Professor, Hunter College, CUNY, studies organizations, collective action and the relations between states and marginal communities. His studies have looked at HIV/AIDS organizing, the development of drug control policies, youth gangs in junior high schools, and Irish political activists in the US. He teaches research methods, organizations and social movements, and is the Director of the Graduate Social Research MS Program at Hunter College.
James Jennings is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. He teaches courses on social policy, community development, and race/gender and public policy. His research focuses on neighborhood revitalization and inner city communities and, in particular, the linkages between local and small nonprofits and education, economic development, immigration, and housing. He also examines the range of urban agendas in competition and conflict over the visioning and use of urban land in low-income and working-class neighborhoods. Dr. Jennings has authored and co-edited several recent books and anthologies examining these kinds of issues: Welfare Reform and the Revitalization of Inner City Neighborhoods (Michigan State University Press, 2003); Race, Politics, and Community Development in U.S. Cities (The Annals, July 2004); Race, Neighborhoods and the Misuse of Social Capital (Palgrave, 2007); and, Urban Spaces: Planning and Struggles for Land and Community (Lexington Books, 2010).
Jim Mandiberg teaches management and social enterprise at the Columbia University School of Social Work, where he co-chairs the Social Enterprise Administration program. He worked for seventeen years managing nonprofit and public social services before finding that he was more interested in studying organizations than managing them. He has taught at universities in Japan and the U.S. His research principally concerns the development, survival and diffusion of non-conforming organizational forms and technologies in human services. His research includes the social and economic development of identity communities of people with severe mental illness and homelessness histories; non-hierarchical organizational forms; social movement-like processes in human service interorganizational fields; and social enterprise and other hybrid organizational forms. His joint PhD is in Social Work and Organizational Psychology, but his work is in organizational sociology.
Carl Milofsky is Professor of Sociology at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA where he has taught since 1982. He has been active in research on nonprofit organizations since 1978 when as an assistant professor at Yale he joined the Program on Nonprofit Organizations there. He has been active in ARNOVA since 1988 and between 1990 and 1996 he edited the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. He was one of the founding members of the Community and Grass Roots Organizations Section of ARNOVA and has served as the section’s president.
Colin Rochester has worked in and with voluntary and volunteer-involving organisations for more than forty years and has been involved in research and teaching on voluntary action for half that period – at the LSE’s Centre for Voluntary Organisation and at Roehampton University where he founded the Centre for the Study of Voluntary and Community Activity. Now supposed to be retired or semi-retired he is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Roehampton University; Academic Adviser to the Institute for Volunteering Research; Vice Chair of the UK’s Voluntary Sector Studies Network’s Steering Group; and Editor of the Practice Section of the Voluntary Sector Review. He is about to deliver a series of seminars on ‘Rethinking Voluntary Action’ which he hopes will lead to a book which will provide a radical critique of the current consensus about the nature and role of the sector.
Celina Su is an Associate Professor of Political Science and teaches at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She interested in social change organizations, social movements, and the cultural politics of health and education policy. She is the author of Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press, 2009) and co-author of Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education (New York University Press, 2009). She is currently working on a book on global health policy (emphasizing the roles of governance and civil society) and on an examination of gender equity, leadership development, and organizational change in microfinance institutions around the world.
Edward Walker is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont, currently on leave to serve as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan. His interests include civil society, political and civic engagement, organizations, social movements, and the non-profit sector. Most broadly, his research focuses on how organizations manage their institutional environments strategically through mobilizing civic and political participation. His work appears in such venues as the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Public Opinion Quarterly. His current projects include a longitudinal study of community-based organizations across the U.S., an examination of the influence of professional public affairs campaigns on political participation and policy, and research on how institutional contexts shape protest. He is also co-organizer of the Democratizing Inequalities conference, on modern transformations in participatory practices. As an RWJF Scholar, he is examining the role of public affairs consultants in mobilizing stakeholders on health issues.
Max Stephenson Jr.’s areas of expertise include civil society and peace studies, international development and democratization processes, environmental politics, and humanitarian and refugee relief. He is the author of 40 published articles, the editor of three journal symposia/theme issues and the author of two monographs. Stephenson is also the founding director of Virginia Tech’s Institute for Policy and Governance. He and Professor Laura Zanotti of Virginia Tech are currently at work together on a book entitled, “Community-Based NGOs, Peacebuilding and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Governance” for Kumarian Press, 2012. Stephenson earned his academic degrees, including a doctorate in government, from the University of Virginia. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 540-231-7340.