I research nonprofit sector theory and practice with an emphasis on issues related to fundraising and philanthropic behavior.
My research and teaching are influenced by my 17 years of experience in nonprofit resource development and communications. From designing comprehensive development plans to securing seven-figure gifts and grants, I’ve helped health and social service nonprofits expand resources for programs, annual operating support, capital campaigns, and endowments.
As a Ph.D. Candidate at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, I study the political, economic, social, and cultural factors of philanthropy in modern and historical contexts. My research interests include message framing strategies used by social movement organizations, influences of social and personal identity on philanthropic behavior, and fundraising practice in rural communities. I use a variety of methods including behavioral experiments, interviews, content analysis, and surveys.