Civil Society, Civic Engagement & Volunteering

Our research deals with the rights of society in determining the public good and how to promote quality of life through various processes. We examine:

  • Civil society: This exists between the market, state, and family. It is conceptualized (alternatively or in combination) as a set of voluntary associations and their actions, the nature of societal values, or the form and content of the “public sphere.”
  • Civic engagement: We focus on individuals in civil society and the ways and rates at which they connect to politics, communities, and one another.
  • Volunteering: The motivations for, practice of, and outcomes generated by the giving of time in support of individuals, groups, or causes, often, but not always, through organizations.

Faculty Members

Lisa Blomgren Amsler
Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service
(812) 855-4556
SPEA 333

  • Collaborative Governance
  • Comparative Governance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute System Design
  • Mediation
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor and Employment Law

Matthew Baggetta
Associate Professor
(812) 855-2783
SPEA 435

  • Civil Society
  • Voluntary Associations
  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Capital

Jennifer N. Brass
Associate Professor
(812) 855-1460
SPEA 457

  • African Politics
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Energy and International Development
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Governance
  • Civil Society
  • Political Economy of Development

Brian L. DeLong
Senior Lecturer
(812) 856-7585
SPEA 323

  • National and international security policies from an argumentation, rhetorical, and critical cultural perspective

Brad R. Fulton
Assistant Professor
(812) 855-6948
SPEA 419

  • Nonprofit Organizations & Management
  • Leadership
  • Social Movements
  • Advocacy, Diversity, Quantitative Methods

Beth Gazley
Director, Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program and SPEA-Connect Online MPA Program
(812) 855-1464
SPEA A319 in the O'Neill Center

  • Public and nonprofit management
  • Associations
  • Intersectoral relations
  • Collaboration
  • Volunteerism

Kirsten Grønbjerg
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
(812) 855-3648
SPEA 300

  • Nonprofit and public sector relationships
  • Scope and community dimensions of the Indiana nonprofit sector
  • American welfare system, nonprofit funding relations, and nonprofit data sources

Paul Helmke
Director, Civic Leaders Center
(812) 855-2275
SPEA 447 and Briscoe A122

  • Mayoral leadership
  • Gun control
  • Urban issues
  • Law and public policy
  • Civic education and participation
  • Nonprofit leadership

Leslie Lenkowsky
Professor Emeritus in Public Affairs and Philanthropy
(812) 855-4072
SPEA 327

  • Nonprofits and public policy
  • Civil society in comparative perspective
  • Institutional grant-makers
  • Volunteering and civic engagement
  • Education and social welfare policy
  • Social entrepreneurship

Frank L. Nierzwicki, Jr.
Clinical Assistant Professor
(812) 855-4944

  • Civil engagement at the state and local level
  • Urban studies at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Community development and planning at the local level

Mark Norrell
(812) 856-1392
SPEA 239

  • Healthcare strategic planning and business development
  • Financial management, operations and human resources management for healthcare provider organizations

James L. Perry
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
(812) 856-2984

  • Public Service Motivation
  • Government and Civil Service Reform
  • Public Management
  • Public Human Resource Management
  • National And Community Service
  • Performance-Related Pay
  • Public Organizational Behavior

Michael Rushton
(812) 855-2947
Bryan Hall 210

  • Cultural economics, policy and administration
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Tax policy
  • Current research concerns cultural districts and tax policy towards nonprofit organizations and charitable donations

Allison Youatt Schnable
Assistant Professor
(812) 855-6947
SPEA 431

  • Globalization
  • NGOs
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Nonprofit Theory and Management
  • Philanthropy, Development, Cultural Sociology, Religion