Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector (PHST 521)
This masters-level course invites critical inquiry into the size, scope, and function of the nonprofit sector in the United States. In the course, students analyze and debate the origins of the nonprofit sector, its relation to other sectors in society, the meanings of philanthropy and voluntary action, and the projection of nonprofit and voluntary activity abroad. The primary goal of the course is to help students grapple with the contested theories, concepts, ideas, meanings, issues, and terminologies in the field of nonprofit studies and to lay the groundwork for students to engage thoughtfully and conversantly in future coursework. I teach this course online.
Civil Society in Comparative Perspective (PHST 524)
This masters-level course introduces students to the concept of civil society. We begin by studying theories of civil society that were developed in Western contexts and then ask whether or not those theories hold up when applied to the Global South. Students take deep dives into civil society in a variety of countries including Kenya, Venezuela, China, Egypt, Mexico, and France, exploring the landscape of civil society organizations in each country and investigating the opportunities and challenges that civil society faces given prevailing political, economic, and social structures. I teach this course both in person and online.
Foundations and Grant Making (PHST 556)
This maters-level course explores the roles of philanthropic foundations in society. We study the legitimacy, effectiveness, and accountability of foundations. First, we ask whether, and if so why, we value foundations in a democratic society. Next, we study how foundations can go about their grant making most effectively. Finally, we consider to whom foundations are, and should be, accountable. I teach this course both in person and online.
Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (PHST 212)
What contributions do philanthropic actions and organizations make to society? How and why does public policy support philanthropy and voluntary service? Drawing insights from history, economics, political science, and public policy, this undergraduate course examines the nature and scope of philanthropic giving and volunteering in the United States, the ideas and forces that have shaped its character and growth, and the issues it presents within a democratic society. This undergraduate course surveys approaches to the issues and values surrounding civic engagement and public support of giving and receiving, voluntary action, and collective action.
I supervise PhD dissertations and MA theses that study civil society organizations from a comparative perspective.