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2022 Award Recipients

ARNOVA Annual Conference Press Releases

ARNOVA is proud to present the lifetime award:

Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award


Alan Abramson

Alan J. Abramson is Professor and Director of the Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Enterprise in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Prior to joining Mason, Alan worked at the Aspen Institute and Urban Institute. Alan has served as President of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector. He is also an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Alan received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.

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Presented by:

Pier Rogers, Chair, President, North Park University

Roseanne Mirabella, Seton Hall University

Monika Hudson, University of San Francisco

Heather MacIndoe, University of Massachusetts Boston

ARNOVA is proud to present the following proposed research awards:

RGK-ARNOVA President's Award


“Black Live Matters, Stop Asian Hate, ...: Do Nonprofits Make A Difference?”


Jiahuan Lu

Dr. Jiahuan Lu is an associate professor of public administration and director of the MPA program in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark. His research interests lie in the area of public and nonprofit management, with a focus on government contracting, nonprofit-government relations, and nonprofit financial management. His research appears in Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, and The American Review of Public Administration, among other academic journals. He is currently as an Associate Editor of Nonprofit Management & Leadership and an Associate Editor of Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing. He received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014.

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Presented by:

Mary Tschirhart, The George Washington University

Joseph Galaskiewicz, The University of Arizona

David Hammack, Case Western Reserve University

UMD Do Good Institute & ARNOVA Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Award


“Strengthening Formal Philanthropy in Tanzania: A Pedagogic Approach”


Lindsey McDougle

Lindsey McDougle is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Ph.D. program in Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. McDougle’s research focuses on nonprofits and philanthropy. Her current work explores how, and to what extent, prosocial pedagogies in higher education can be used to cultivate student commitments to long-term philanthropic engagement, advance the civic mission of colleges and universities, and strengthen communities. Using a variety of methods and methodologies (e.g., narrative inquiry, participant surveys, secondary data analysis, and visual arts), Dr. McDougle explores these topics by examining relationships between prosocial pedagogies (e.g., experiential philanthropy) and several outcomes, such as the formation and development of prosocial identities among students and distributional equity in philanthropic grantmaking among funders.

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Presented by:

Jamie Levine, IUPUI

Seth Meyer, Bridgewater State

Jourdan Davis, UNCC

Jennifer Jones, University of Florida

Reza Hasmath, University of Alberta

ARNOVA presents the following book and paper awards:

Outstanding Book Award in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research


“The Quest for Attention Nonprofit Advocacy in a Social Media Age”


Chao Guo & Gregory Saxton

Chao Guo is Professor of Nonprofit Management in the School of Social Policy and Practice, and Associate Faculty Director of Fox Leadership International, both at the University of Pennsylvania. His interests include collaboration within and across sectors, technology and nonprofit advocacy, and social entrepreneurship.

Gregory D. Saxton, PhD, CGMA is Associate Professor of Accounting at the Schulich School of Business. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Communication at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and Associate Professor of Public Administration at SUNY, College at Brockport, and has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Singapore Institute of Management. He has received PhDs in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University (2000) and in Accounting from York University (2016). He also received an M.A. in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University, an M.A. in Political Science from McGill University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Victoria. He has worked for the California state government and as a consultant for nonprofit organizations.

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Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize


“Amateurs without Borders The Aspirations and Limits of Global Compassion”


Allison Schnable

Allison Schnable is Associate Professor in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and affiliate faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Her research explores how people use nonprofit organizations to create solidarity in a globalizing world. She is the author of Amateurs without Borders (University of California Press, 2021) and a PI of the NGO Knowledge Collective, a project to synthesize academic research on NGOs. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) and is a past winner of ISTR’s Emerging Scholar Award and the ARNOVA-RGK President’s Award. Dr. Schnable served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University.

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Presented by:

Lindsey McDougle, Interm Co-Chair, Rutgers Newark

Paloma Raggo, Interim Co-Chair, Carleton University

Ming Xie, West Texas A&M University

Chiako Hung, University of Hawaii

Lynnette Cook, ARNOVA

The Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Prize


“Above the Fray: The Making of the Humanitarian Relief NGO Sector”


Shai M. Dromi

Shai M. Dromi is an Associate Senior Lecturer on sociology at Harvard University. His work focuses on the intersections of moral beliefs with political and organizational culture. His first book, Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2020. His second book, Moral Minefields: How Sociologists Debate Good Science, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press and co-authored with Samuel Stabler. Dromi is also the co-editor of the Handbook of the Sociology of Morality, vol. 2 with Steven Hitlin and Aliza Luft. His recent articles appeared in journals like Sociological Theory and Theory & Society.

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Presented by:

Sheela Pandey, Chair, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg

Mike Worth, George Washington University

Shuyang Peng, University of New Mexico

Lauren Azevedo, Penn State Harrisburg

Best 2021 Conference Paper Award


“Nonprofit Messaging and the 2020 Election: Findings from a Nonpartisan Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) Field experiment”


Kelly LeRoux, Julie Langer and Samantha Plotner

Kelly LeRoux is a Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her work on nonprofits, contracting, local public service delivery, and intergovernmental collaboration has been published in the top public administration, policy, nonprofit, and urban/local government journals. She is the author of Performance and Public Value in the Hollow State: Assessing Government-Nonprofit Partnerships by E-Elgar (with Nathaniel Wright) and Nonprofits Organizations and Civil Society in the U.S. by Routledge (with Mary Feeney), and Service Contracting: A Local Government Guide by ICMA Press. She is a member of the Networks & Governance Lab at UIC, and co-founder of the GOTVLab, a get-out-the-vote capacity-building initiative.

Julie Langer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University. She studies issues at the intersection of identity and democracy and what they mean for the ability of individuals and organizations to create and destroy value in society. Langer’s work has received best paper award recognition from the Academy of Management, public and nonprofit division, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and the journal Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Her research has been published in journals such as Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Administration & Society, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and the American Review of Public Administration. She is a member of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies at NIU and co-founder of the GOTVLab, a get-out-the-vote capacity-building initiative.

Samantha Plotner is a PhD student in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Chicago. Her research focuses on improving nonprofit workplaces and operational capacity-building. In addition to her PhD studies, she is a part-time Associate Director at Arabella Advisors where she creates learning and development programming for the Managed Organizations team.

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Honorable Mention to:

“What Makes the Chinese Nonprofit Sector Grow? A Cross-Province Configurational Analysis” by Jiahuan Lu, Rutgers University - Newark, Bin Chen, Baruch College CUNY and Qiang Dong, China Agricultural University.

Presented by:

Abhishek Bhati, Chair, Bowling Green State University

Peter Weber, Auburn University

Ruth Hansen, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Diarmuid McDonnell, University of the West of Scotland

Anita Dhillon, American University

ARNOVA presents the following awards for research:

Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for an Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research


“Differentiated Government Control: Political Connections And Revenues To NGOs In China”


Qun Wang

Qun Wang (PhD in Public Policy, Indiana University Bloomington) is an assistant professor of political science and public administration at the University of Toledo. He co-constructed the Research Infrastructure of Chinese Foundations, a large-N database that has contributed to at least three dissertations and 40 articles. His dissertation “Differentiated Government Control: Political Connections and Revenues to NGOs in China” examined how political connections are directly and contingently related to different sources of nonprofit revenue under authoritarian rule. His articles have appeared in journals such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Governance, and International Public Management Journal. He was a recipient of ARNOVA’s Emerging Scholars Award in 2020. His research interests include nonprofit management, cross-sector collaboration, and social innovation.

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Honorable Mention to:

“The Promises And Challenges of Community Philanthropy: Place Dilemma, Community Leadership, and Public Engagement on Social Media” by Viviana Chiu-Sik Wu, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Presented by:

Alisa Moldavanova, Wayne State University

Jiawei Sophia Fu, Rutgers University

Jessica Sowa, University of Delaware

Kelly Krawczyk, Auburn University

Tamaki Onishi, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)


“Bridging and bonding: Disentangling two mechanisms underlying the diversity–performance relationship”

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 50(1), 54-76.


Brad R. Fulton

Brad R. Fulton is an associate professor in the O’Neill School at Indiana University. His research draws on organizational theory and critical race theory to examine the social, political, and economic impact of community-based organizations. He directs the National Study of Community Organizing—a multi-level study that examines the impact of racial, socioeconomic, and religious diversity within grassroots advocacy organizations. Fulton also is an editorial board member for the American Journal of Sociology, Social Service Review, and Sociology of Religion and a fellow with the Aspen Institute. His course on Nonprofit Management & Leadership can be heard on Spotify.

Twitter: @BradRFulton



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Presented by:

Jiahuan Lu, Chair, Rutgers University - Newark

Susan Appe, University at Albany, SUNY

Nathaniel S. Wright, Texas Tech University

Nathan Dietz, UMD Do good Institute

Ben Suykens, Ghent University

Robert Ressler, Brandeis University

Best Reviewer for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)


Debbie Haski-Leventhal

Debbie Haski-Leventhal, PhD, is a Professor of Management at Macquarie Business School and an expert on volunteerism, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and responsible management education (RME). She is a TED speaker and the author of several books, including Strategic CSR, and The Purpose-Driven University with her new book, Meaningfulness, forthcoming with Simon & Schuster. Debbie has published over 60 academic papers and her work was covered by the media, including The New York Times. She is the editor-in-chief of Society and Business Review and sits on the editorial boards of several leading journals, including NVSQ.

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Weiai (Wayne) Xu

Dr. Xu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA) and a faculty associate of the University's Data Analytics and Computational Social Science program. He uses computational methods to track the networked diffusion and mobilization of ideas and people on digital platforms.

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Presented by:

Angela Bies, University of Maryland, College Park

Chao Guo, University of Pennsylvania

Susan Phillips, Carleton University

Best Poster Award


“The effects of nonprofit collaboration on equity in service delivery after COVID-19”


Sungeun Kim

Dr. Sungeun Kim is an Assistant Professor of the Political Science Department and MPA program at Oakland University in Michigan. Her research interests lie in public administration and nonprofit management, focusing on nonprofit collaboration, nonprofit-government relationships, and nonprofit sustainability.

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Presented by:

Rizwan Shaikh, Chair, Yonsei University, Mirae Campus
Seongho An, University of Central Florida
Su Young Choi, University of Georgia
Aila Khan, Western Sydney University
Keratiloe Mogotsi, ACPSI
Afshan Paarlberg, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Seth Meyer, Bridgewater State University

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