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2023 Award Recipients

ARNOVA is proud to present the lifetime award:

Distinguished Achievement and Leadership in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award


Richard Steinberg

Richard Steinberg is Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies at IUPUI. As Co-President of ARNOVA with Kirsten Grønbjerg, he helped secure major grants that funded ARNOVA’s first full-time Executive Director and half-time Managing Editor. He also served as Chair of the Meeting and Nominating Committees and participated as faculty advisor to six programs like and including ARNOVA’s doctoral fellows meetings. He first proposed and helped to implement what is now the Philanthropy Panel Study. The author of five books, including the coedited The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook and the coauthored Economics for Nonprofit Managers and Social Entrepreneurs, as well as 29 refereed journal articles, 39 book chapters, and 24 other publications. As an amateur actor, Rich has appeared in over 40 community theater productions, building social capital one play at a time.

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Presented by:

Emily Barman, Chair, President, Loyola University Chicago

Jennifer Madden, Carthage College

Heather MacIndoe, University of Massachusetts Boston

Michael Moody, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy @ Grand Valley State University

ARNOVA is proud to present the following proposed research awards:

RGK-ARNOVA President's Award


“Is the Nonprofit Social Safety Net Prepared for Climate Change?”


Beth Gazley & Rachel Cash

Beth Gazley specializes in U.S. nonprofit management and civil society policy. She has published more than 85 research articles, books, and commentary addressing intersectoral collaboration, volunteerism, nonprofit governance, public service coproduction, association management, disaster response, and other topics. She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a regular major media commentator. She presently serves on the editorial boards of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Nonprofit Policy Forum.

Rachel Cash is a 3rd year Phd Student majoring in public management at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Her research interests include grant-making, foundation and nonprofit associations and philanthropic tax policy.


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Presented by:

Jon Dean, Chair, Sheffield Hallam University

Lili Wang, Arizona State University

Kim Wiley, University of Florida

Curtis Child, Brigham Young University

Amy Sanders, Aberystwyth University

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


“Civil Society Thrives in the Kafana: Locally Led Development and Grassroots Civic Engagement in Serbia”


Catherine Herrold

Catherine E. Herrold as Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has served as a Visiting Scholar at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and Birzeit University in Palestine. In 2023, Herrold was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. Herrold’s first book Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Byond (Oxford University Press) was awarded ARNOVA’s Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize. Herrold holds a PhD from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

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Honorable Mention to:

“Co-production and refugee integration: Conditions for sustainable involvement in different contexts” by Caitlin McMullin, Aalborg University

Presented by:

Lindsey McDougle, Chair, Rutgers University

Susan Appe, SUNY Albany

Viviana Wu, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Pamala Wiepking, IUPUI & VU Amsterdam

Cheryl Ellenwood, Washington State University

Reza Hasmath, University of Alberta

ARNOVA presents the following book and paper awards:

Outstanding Book Award in Nonprofit & Voluntary Action Research


“Nonprofit Neighborhoods: An Urban History of Inequality and the American State”


Claire Dunning

Claire Dunning is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is an affiliated faculty member in the Do Good Institute and the History Department. Dunning is a historian of the United States in the 20th century, focusing on the histories of poverty, inequality, governance, and nonprofit organizations in American cities. Her work has been published in the Journal of Urban History, Enterprise & Society, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, as well as the Washington Post. She is the author of Nonprofit Neighborhoods: An Urban History of Inequality and the American State (University of Chicago Press, 2022) and holds a PhD in history from Harvard University and an AB in history and public policy from Dartmouth College. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and previously worked at a community foundation.

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Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize


“Charity Law and Accumulation: Maintaining an Intergenerational Balance”


Ian Murray

Professor Ian Murray is an academic at the University of Western Australia Law School where he teaches and researches in Taxation, Corporations Law and Not-for-profit Law, with a focus on the intersection between Not-for-profit Law, Tax and Corporate Governance. He has a number of years’ experience as a practitioner and practical experience in the regulatory and governance issues faced by not-for-profits, having been a not-for-profit board member for many years. Ian has published widely on charity tax concessions, charity regulation, First Nations charities, accumulation of assets by charities, tax administration and resource taxation from the perspectives of tax policy, equity, trusts, property law, corporations law and regulatory theory.

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Presented by:

Ming Xie, Co-chair, West Texas A&M University

Sabith Khan, Co-chair, Virginia Tech

Shariq Siddiqui, IUPUI - Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Brenda Bushouse, University of Massachusetts- Amherst

Christopher Corbett, Independent nonprofit management professional

Yuan Tian, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Andrew Schoeneman, University of Richmond

The Peter Dobkin Hall History of Philanthropy Prize


“Madam C. J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy during Jim Crow”


Tyrone Freeman

Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D., is the Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (LFSOP) and adjunct Associate Professor of Africana Studies at IUPUI. His research combines history, philanthropic studies, Africana studies and the humanities to increase awareness and understanding of African-American philanthropy, philanthropy in communities of color and the history of American philanthropy. Freeman holds a Research Associate appointment with the Smithsonian Institution, and his work has been recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and the International Dan David Prize. Previously, he directed LFSOP’s B.A. program in philanthropic studies, served as associate director of The Fund Raising School, and worked as a professional fundraiser for a variety of nonprofits. Freeman is a proud graduate of the HBCU, Lincoln University (PA), and has two children, Alexander and Olivia, with his wife, Michelle.

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Honorable Mention to:

“Nonprofit Neighborhoods: An Urban History of Inequality and the American State” by Claire Dunning, University of Maryland, College Park.

Presented by:

Peter Weber, Chair, Auburn University

Rachel Wimpee, Rockefeller Archive Center

Jodi Benenson, University of Nebraska

Kara Lawrence, NC State University

Best 2022 Conference Paper Award


“The Cost of Color? Race-conscious Mission Statements and Nonprofit Funding”


Shuyi Deng

Shuyi Deng is a Ph.D. candidate at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Her research interests center around nonprofit management, social equity, and public policy. Utilizing innovative data and methods, she critically examines the racial dynamics within the nonprofit sector and investigates the impact of nonprofits and philanthropy on marginalized communities. Shuyi's research has been published in Public Administrative Review, the Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy, among others.

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Presented by:

Julie Langer, Chair, Northern Illinois University

Nathaniel Wright, Rutgers University–Camden

Erynn Beaton, Ohio State University

Leonor Camarena, Indiana University

Hanjin Mao, University of Houston

Robbie Robichau, Texas A&M

ARNOVA presents the following awards for research:

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


“A Political Theory of Nonprofits: Partisanship, Policy, and the Rise of the Nonprofit Sector”


Samantha Zuhlke

Samantha Zuhlke is an Assistant Professor in the School of Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Iowa. She studies environmental politics and nonprofit-government dynamics, particularly how political forces shape the U.S. nonprofit sector. She is currently turning her dissertation into a book. Her first book, The Profits of Distrust: Citizen-Consumers, Drinking Water, and the Crisis of Confidence in American Government (with Manny Teodoro and David Switzer) was published by Cambridge University Press (2022). Prior to receiving her PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University, Sam worked at the National Geographic Society from 2010-2016.

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Presented by:

Tamaki Onishi, Chair, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Angela Eikenberry, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Elizabeth Dale, Seattle University

Qun Wang, University of Toledo

Jiwon Suh, The University of Texas at Arlington

NEW - The Lester M. Salamon Memorial Award for Promising PhD Proposal in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research


“Third Sector Organizations in Iceland: Size, Scope, and Scale”


Jeannie Entenza

Jeannie Entenza has over twenty years’ experience as a nonprofit manager, administrator, and public policy expert. Prior to returning full-time to academia in 2015, Jeannie spent nine years as the deputy public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and then served as a chief of staff to one of Minnesota’s highest constitutional offices. She teaches graduate courses in nonprofit management and public administration and conducts research on third sector organizations in Iceland and the U.S.

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Honorable Mention to:

“To What Extent is the Canadian Charitable Sector a Politically Expressive Sector?” by Christopher Dougherty, Carleton University.

Presented by:

Stefan Toepler, Chair, George Mason university

Nathaniel Wright, Rutgers University–Camden

Marlene Walk, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Jesus Varelo, University of Utah

Wendy Chen, Texas Tech University

Outstanding Article in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)


“Toward a Typology of Critical Nonprofit Studies: A Literature Review”

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 51(3), 478–506.


Tracey M. Coule, Jennifer Dodge and Angela M. Eikenberry

Tracey M. Coule, PhD, is an Emeritus Professor at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research focuses on organizing and managing work in nonprofit organizations and its linkages to wider societal arrangements, supplemented by a strong interest in research philosophy and methodology. Specifically, she conducts research on forms and processes of governance and accountability, public service innovation in nonprofits, the role and power of nonprofits in institutional change and nonprofit-state relations. Her recent focus has been on advancing critical perspectives in the field. Alongside Jennifer Dodge and Angela Eikenberry, she was guest editor for the 2022 NVSQ Symposium on Critical Nonprofit Studies and is co-editor, with Roseanne Mirabella and Angela Eikenberry, of a forthcoming Handbook of Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Management and Voluntary Action for Edward Elgar. Tracey has published research monographs (Routledge), chapters in several edited handbooks and papers in international journals such as NVSQ, Public Administration, and Business and Society. In her –  (“ahem”) very early – semi-retirement she is enjoying white water kayaking and learning to ride motorbikes!

Jennifer Dodge is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College, University at Albany. Drawing on interpretive and critical theories and methodologies, her research focuses on the interpretation of policy conflict, networks and policy advocacy, and the role of civil society organizations in supporting citizen participation in policy discourse, mostly in the environmental field (climate change, fracking, oil extraction in the US and Colombia, South America, and environmental justice). She frequently writes about interpretive and critical methodologies. Recently, she has been an advocate for critical perspectives in the nonprofit and policy fields, serving as guest editor of the 2022 NVSQ Symposium on Critical Nonprofit Studies with Tracey Coule and Angela Eikenberry, and as Editor of Critical Policy Studies for six years. She is a recipient of the 2022 Policy Sciences Lasswell Best Article Award with Yongjin Choi and Ashley Fox and the 2021 Sam Overman Best Paper Award from the Complexity and Network Studies Section of APSA with Jeongyoon Lee.
Angela M. Eikenberry is D.B. and Paula Varner Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. Her research centers on the social, economic, and political roles of philanthropy and nonprofit/ voluntary organizations in democratic governance. Her recent focus has also been on advancing critical perspectives in the field. With Tracey Coule and Jennifer Dodge, she was guest editor for the 2022 NVSQ Symposium on Critical Nonprofit Studies; is co-editor, with Tracey Coule and Roseanne Mirabella, of a forthcoming Handbook of Critical Perspectives on Nonprofit Management and Voluntary Action (Edward Elgar); and co-editor with Billie Sandberg and Roseanne Mirabella of a second edition of Reframing Nonprofit Organizations Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change (Melvin & Leigh). She is recipient of the UNO Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, UNO Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, and Fulbright Scholar Award (UK—University of Birmingham). She served as President of ARNOVA 2019-2020 and currently is on the ARNOVA Critical Perspectives Section Leadership Team.

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Presented by:

Diarmuid McDonnell, Chair, University of Birmingham

Ji ma, The University of Texas at Austin

Billie Sandberg, Portland State University

Cristina Balboa, Baruch College, City University of New York

Danbi Seo, Arizona State University

Erynn Beaton, The Ohio State University

Best Reviewer for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ)


Young-joo Lee

Young-joo Lee is a Professor of Philanthropy and the Eileen Lamb O’Gara Chair in Women’s Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is an organizational theory/behavior scholar, and her research centers on nonprofit governance and management, volunteerism, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She believes that reviewing research manuscripts is a very important service to the academic community and is honored to be recognized by the peers.

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Presented by:

Joanne Carman, UNC Charlotte

Jaclyn Piatak, UNC Charlotte

ARNOVA is proud to present the following award in partnership with Nonprofit Management Leadership

Editors’ Prize for Best Scholarly Paper in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Volume 32


“Community leadership as multi‐dimensional capacities: A conceptual framework and preliminary findings for community foundations”

Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 32(1), 29-53.


Viviana Chiu Sik Wu

Viviana C. S. Wu, Ph.D. (PI), is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Policy and the lead author of this study. Using mixed methods and computational approaches, her work features the intermediary roles and unequal capacities of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to advance social justice and policy change online and offline through philanthropy, leadership, and advocacy. Collectively, her work advances theoretical development and fosters a critical understanding of how inequality manifests in the nonprofit sector, alongside endeavors to democratize power and promote distributive justice.

Presented by:

The Editorial board of Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Wiley and American University’s School of Public Affairs, chaired by Lewis Faulk, NML Editor 

Best Poster Award


“What are communities doing to address racial disparities in homelessness?”


Kotomi Yokokura

Saerim Kim

Dr. Andrew Sullivan

Hyokyung Kwak

Emily Nwakpuda

Kotomi is an undergraduate studying social work at the University of Kentucky. As an aspiring social policy researcher, her research priorities have focused on experiences of homelessness and poverty. In addition to her research efforts, Kotomi has founded Helping Hygiene, a 501(c)(3) providing free and accessible hygiene products to those in Kentucky. Kotomi hopes to pursue a PhD in social policy, working at the intersection of social work and public policy to prioritize community voices when enacting real change.

Honorable Mention to:

"Unmasking Challenges and Opportunities in Affordable Rental Housing: A Colorado Case Study and Policy Analysis", Queen Pompee, University of Colorado Denver

Presented by:

Marcus Lam, Chair, University of San Diego

Jessica Word, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Long Tran, Ohio State University

Theresa Anasti, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University

Hans Schmitz, University of San Diego

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