Yuan Daniel Cheng

Public Affairs Ph.D.

(317) 252-3347
IU Bloomington
SPEA 412
1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN


  • Ph.D., Public Affairs, Indiana University, 2017
  • M.A., Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2013
  • B.S., Environmental Science, Zhejiang University, 2010

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Taught

  • SPEA V362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • SPEA V600 Capstone for Public Affairs: Building Resilience (Teaching Assistant).
  • Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change, Harvard University (Teaching Fellow and Coach).

Selected Publications

  • Cheng, Y. “Nonprofit Spending and Government Provision of Public Services: Testing Theories of Government-Nonprofit Relationships.” R&R status at Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
  • Cheng, Y. “Exploring the Role of Nonprofits in Public Service Provision: Moving from Co-production to Co-governance.” R&R at Public Administration Review.
  • Cheng, Y. “Governing Public-Nonprofit Partnerships: Linking Governance Meaboration Stages.” R&R at Public Performance & Management Review.
  • Cheng, Y., Yang, L. “How do Nonprofits Respond to Government Budget Cuts? Evidence from Local Parks and Recreation Services.” R&R status at Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Research Interests

Nonprofit Management, Cross-sector Collaboration, Environmental Governance, State and Local Government Management, Urban Sustainability, Institutional Analysis, Mixed Methods Research

Honors & Awards

  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Emerging Scholars Award, 2017
  • Ostrom Research Award, 2017
  • University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership Summer Doctoral Fellowship, 2017
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, 2016
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Doctoral Fellowship Award, 2016
  • Adam Smith Fellowship, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2014-15
  • The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop Fellowship, Indiana University Bloomington, 2013-14