A scholar of civil society, development, and democracy, I study how civic groups and organizations work to build change from the ground up.
I am an Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a Faculty Affiliate of the Indiana University Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. I have also served as a Visiting Scholar at the American University in Cairo (Egypt) and Birzeit University (Palestine). My research examines how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic foundations, and grassroots groups work to promote social justice and democracy. I have conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Qatar.
My book, Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2020), uncovers the strategies that Egyptian NGOs have used to advance the aims of the country’s 2011 Arab Spring uprisings.
My second book project explores how voluntary grassroots organizations in Palestine are mobilizing popular resistance and reviving a culture of voluntarism and solidarity in Palestinian society.
My work has also appeared in Social Problems, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Policy Forum, and VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.
I hold a PhD in Public Policy from Duke University.
An avid swimmer, I am a NCAA Division III All-American and a member of the Mount Holyoke College Athletics Hall of Fame.